COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's unemployment rate held steady during the last month.

The state's Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that the state's jobless rate for May was 5.3 percent.

When South Carolina's unemployment dropped to 5.3 percent in April, officials said that figure was the state's lowest level in 13 years.

South Carolina's labor force last month was more than 2.1 million people. Over the last month, jobs in trade, transportation, utilities and manufacturing increased by 5,000.

The national unemployment rate during May was 6.3 percent.

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