South Carolina's unemployment rate increased to 5.7 percent in July from from 5.3 percent in June, marking a shift upward after little change during the second quarter, state officials said.

The number of unemployed grew by 9,124 people to 124,670, according to the state Department Employment and Workforce.

The number of working South Carolinians dropped by 6,442 people to 2,043,602. From June to July, the labor force increased 2,682 to 2,168,272.

Since July 2013, about 28,740 people have found work and the labor force decreased by 15,142, DEW officials said.

Additionally, over the year, the state's unemployment rate has declined by approximately 2 percentage points, the officials said.

Nationally, the unemployment rate increased to 6.2 percent in July from 6.1 percent in June.

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