State Unemployment Rate Lowest in 13 Years

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina's unemployment rate now stands at 5.3 percent, the lowest level in almost 13 years.

The latest numbers were released Friday, and reflect data collected from April.

The last time this number was this low was in June of 2001. It's also a full percentage point lower than the national average of 6.3 percent.

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) says the number of unemployed people was 114,413, a drop of 4,652 from March. The overall labor force went up by 61 people from the previous month, to 2,165,189. However, the labor force has declined by 23,000 people over the last year.

The lowest unemployment rate in the state is in Lexington and Saluda Counties, which tied at 3.9 percent.

Here are the rates for Midlands counties:

Lexington 3.9%

Saluda 3.9%

Newberry 4.4%

Kershaw 4.4%

Richland 5.0%

Calhoun 5.1%

Sumter 5.7%

Lee 6.0%

Fairfield 6.1%

Clarendon 7.2%

Orangeburg 7.4%


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