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      South Carolina unemployment rate holding steady

      South Carolina's unemployment rate remained at 5.3% in May, according to the Department of Employment and Workforce.

      The number of South Carolinians working continues to trend upward, rising for 10 consecutive months and reaching a historic high in May of 2,051,011, increasing by 500 since April, the department added.

      The state's unemployment rate has declined from the previous year by 2.6 percentage points, marking one of the largest declines in the nation.

      Here's how the counties in our area performed.

      Marion County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 9.6 percent. Marlboro came in at 8.1 percent, Dillon at 8.0 percent and Horry County at 5.5. Georgetown County's rate is 5.5 percent. Darlington County's rate is 6.3 percent, and Florence is County is 6.0 percent.

      Nationally, the unemployment rate remained at 6.3 percent for May.