SC Unemployment Rate Dives to 5.7%

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina's unemployment rate now stands at 5.7 percent, it's lowest level since April of 2008.

The latest numbers, released Friday, are from February. There was a 0.7 percent drop from January's rate, 6.4 percent, which is the largest one month drop since the statistic was first released in 1976.

The national unemployment is 6.7 percent.

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says the number of South Carolinians working was up 8,435 in February, to an all-time high of 2,039,455. In the Midlands, the lowest unemployment rate is in Lexington County, where the rate is 4.0 percent.

Here are the county-by-county unemployment rates in the Midlands.

Lexington County: 4.0

Saluda County: 4.5

Newberry County: 4.7

Kershaw County: 4.8

Richland County: 5.0

Calhoun County: 5.3

Sumter County: 5.9

Lee County: 6.8

Fairfield County: 6.8

Clarendon County: 7.8

Orangeburg County: 8.2


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