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South Carolina's unemployment rate drops slightly to 4.3 percent

(MGN)

South Carolina's jobless rate fell slightly as the state's labor force continued to grow, according to the Department of Employment and Workforce.

The department announced Friday that South Carolina's unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in April, a 0.1 percentage-point drop from March.

That corresponded to the national unemployment rate's decline to 4.4 percent in April from 4.5 percent in March.

The state agency says 2.2 million South Carolinians were working in April -- nearly 4,000 more than in March. The state's labor force grew by almost 1,900, reaching more than 2.3 million people.

The leisure and hospitality industry saw the biggest month-to-month gain of 2,000 jobs, followed by 900 government jobs and 700 construction jobs.

Industries reporting the largest month-to-month declines were business services, education and health services and manufacturing.

Here is a look at the numbers by county for our area:

  • Horry County - 4.1 percent in April 2017, down from 4.9 in March 2017
  • Florence County - 4.0 percent in April 2017, down from 4.3 in March 2017
  • Marlboro County - 5.9 percent in April 2017, down from 6.4 in March 2017
  • Marion County - 6.7 percent in April 2017, down from 7.3 in March 2017
  • Dillon County - 4.9 percent in April 2017, down from 5.3 in March 2017
  • Georgetown County - 4.7 percent in April 2017, down from 5.4 in March 2017
  • Darlington County - 4.4 percent in April 2017, down from 4.9 in March 2017

The department said they're excited to see this continual, incremental development.

“I continue to be encouraged and optimistic for the future of South Carolina. We have more people working now than any time in our state’s history. More and more people are feeling confident about the economy and are entering the workforce to take advantage of the opportunities available to them as businesses expand and grow here,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. “But we have more work to do in helping to match the unemployed with the job openings across the state.”

Gov. Henry McMaster today issued the following statement in response to South Carolina's unemployment rate declining to 4.3 percent in April from 4.4 percent in March.

“With today’s news that more South Carolinians are working than ever before, and that the unemployment rate has dropped once again, it shows that our focus on economic development and workforce training is helping to improve the quality of life for all of our people and move our state forward.”

Nationally, the unemployment rate edged lower to 4.4 percent in April from 4.5 percent in March.

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