Unemployment rate for South Carolina in July

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in South Carolina was essentially unchanged at 8.1 percent for July 2013, according to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

Over the year, the rate has dropped by more than a full percentage point.

There were 174,267 people unemployed in South Carolina in July, and an estimated total labor force of 2,161,966.

The number of people working in the state decreased by 4,084 since June.

Across the country, the unemployment rate declined to 7.4 percent from June's estimate of 7.6 percent.

South Carolina's seasonally adjusted non-farm payroll employment increased to 1,889,600, reaching this year's highest level and representing an increase of 1,700 jobs over the month, according to the press release.

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