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      SC unemployment rate below national for first time since 2001

      The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce released its December unemployment numbers Tuesday, and for the first time since January 2001, the state's rate is lower than the national rate.

      In December, South Carolina's unemployment rate came in at 6.6 percent, down from 7.1 percent in November.

      The national unemployment rate for December was estimated at 6.7 percent.

      Here's a look at the counties in our area.

      Marion County, which traditionally has the highest unemployment rate in the state, is now second to Allendale County. Marion County's rate in December dropped from 13% in November to 12.9% in December. Marion's rate just one year before was 16.1%.

      Marlboro County's rate also fell from 11.3% to 10.3% in December.

      Dillon County went from 10.3% to 9.6%.

      Horry County's rate ticked up slightly from 7.7% to 7.8%.

      Darlington County saw a significant decrease from 8.2% to 7.5%.

      Florence County decreased .3% to 7.2%.

      Georgetown County's rate was flat in December, coming in at 7.1%.