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South Carolina’s unemployment rate drops slightly

August 17, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month.

The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that the jobless rate in South Carolina in July was 3.6 percent. That’s down from June’s rate of 3.8 percent.

South Carolina now has more than 2.2 million people working, a record for the state.

The national unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July.

The construction industry added 1,500 jobs last month. Manufacturing added 1,100 jobs.

The leisure and hospital segment dropped 1,000 jobs.

Bamberg County had the highest jobless rate in July at 6.3 percent. Charleston and Lexington counties had the lowest rate at 2.9 percent.

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This story has been corrected to show the June unemployment rate was 3.8 percent.

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