Unemployment rate drops 0.1% in April

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The number of people working in South Carolina has reached a record high, according to the state Department of Education and Workforce, who released their employment figures for April. Meanwhile, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent from 4.4 percent, the agency announced.

The number of employed people increased by 3,978 to 2,233,160, according to DEW. The number of unemployed people dropped 2,126 in April to 101,513, and the state’s labor force increased by 1,852 to a total of 2,334,673. In the last 12 months, the labor force has grown by 37,733 people, and employment gains totaled 55,856. The level of unemployment decreased by 18,123.

South Carolina saw job gains in several sectors: leisure and hospitality (+2,000); government (+900); construction (+700); financial activities (+500); and trade, transportation, and utilities (+400).

Industries reporting decreases were professional and business aervices (-1,400); education and health services (-1,100); manufacturing (-600); and information (-200).

“I continue to be encouraged and optimistic for the future of South Carolina,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. “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. But we have more work to do in helping to match the unemployed with the job openings across the state.”

For the full report, visit the DEW website.

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