SC unemployment rate drops again in January

In January, South Carolina's unemployment rate came in at 6.4 percent.

That's down from December's unemployment rate of 6.6 percent.

"The number of unemployed persons was estimated at 138,268, and the estimated employed was 2,030,996, an increase of approximately 22,127 compared to January 2013," according to a news release from the SC Department of Employment and Workforce.

All the counties in our viewing area went up, though, from December to January.

Marion County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 13.6 percent. That's up from 12.7 percent in December.

Marlboro County is up to 10.9 percent, Dillon is at 10.4, and Horry is at 9.4 percent.

Darlington County came in at 8.1 percent, Georgetown at 8 percent and Florence County at 7.7 percent.

In January, the number of employed people in South Carolina reached a record high of nearly 2,031,000. That's an increase of more than 22,000 people over the past year.

Non-agricultural jobs in South Carolina went down by 4,800 in January but are up by 37,000 compared to a year ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.