State’s jobless rate falls below pre-recession levels


South Carolina’s unemployment rate in October fell to pre-recession levels.

The state’s jobless rate fell one-tenth of a point to 5.6 percent, the lowest since June 2007. It’s the fifth consecutive month the state’s unemployment rate has decreased.

The number of employed South Carolinians rose by nearly 7,900 in October to a record of 2,128,894.

BackToWork12415pulloutGreenville County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in October, down from 4.9 percent in September. Pickens County’s unemployment rate fell by 0.3 percent to 5.3 percent. Spartanburg’s unemployment rate in October was 5.4 percent, down 0.1 percent. Anderson’s rate fell 0.2 percent to 5.1 percent. Oconee’s rate fell to 5.3 percent from 5.6 percent the month before.

Greenville County’s unemployment rate was below the national rate of 5.0 percent.

While the news in the Upstate was good, the unemployment rate rose in 15 South Carolina counties.

Statewide, employment grew by 66,132 from October 2014 to October 2015, the largest 12-month gain since July 1983-84.

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