Columbia (PalmettoTimes) – The state of joblessness in South Carolina has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded since 2000. The rate dropped to 4% from the previous rate of 4.1% in the month of May. The report was compiled by South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.
From the report, the number of jobless people in South Carolina dropped by about 4,816 to about 91,710. It is the lowest rate since the February of 2001.
The state of South Carolina labor force was recorded to decrease by about 6,905 people. The decrease brought down the number of unemployed to about 2,231,592. On the other hand, the number of employed declined in the same period by 2,089 to about 2,229,882. It is a significant decline for a long period.
In the last year, the number of citizens who secured employment in South Carolina was about 46,000 citizens. The data indicates the state is working. The information as revealed by Cheryl Stanton who is an executive director of the SCDEW. She further added that they need to continue empowering the population with skills to tackle different job opportunities. They as well need to focus on population that had been sidelined historically. Some of the people who had been sidelined include the veterans, disabled, ex-offenders and the youth. The continued focus on training the population for the job opportunities will allow more workers to enter the education system.
Since the June of 2016, the labor force has increased by 24,625. The employment gain was recorded at about 45,949. Unemployed people decreased to about 21,324. From the research, it is noted that many people are securing employment. Cases of unemployment in the state of South Carolina seem to be on the decline.
When taking into consideration the metro areas, Florence recorded the highest unemployment rate which was at about 4.7%. It is an increase from 4.1% in the month of many. Columbia recorded an unemployment rate of about 4.1% which is up from 3.5% in the month of May.
Greenville posted 3.9% of unemployment rate. It is an increase from 3.3% in the month of May. Charleston had 3.6% of unemployment rate. It is an increase from 3.1% recorded in the previous month of May. The Richland county rate of unemployment rose to about 4.2% in the month of June from the month of May which was recorded in the month of May which was at 3.6%. The Lexington county rate of unemployment rose to about 3.6% in the month of June which is up from 3.1% recorded in the month of May.