Charleston area posts state’s lowest unemployment numbers for July

Staff Report
Published Aug. 20, 2013

The Charleston area had the lowest unemployment rate among metro areas of South Carolina in July, according to the latest data from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

The largest job gains are clearly being felt in the state’s most populated areas, the department’s report shows.

At 6.7%, the Charleston metropolitan statistical area’s low jobless rate is not far ahead of other MSAs. The Greenville MSA posted 7%, followed closely by Columbia at 7.3%. The only other metro area analyzed by the Department of Employment and Workforce, Florence, came in at 9.5%.

In the tri-county area, Charleston County had the lowest jobless rate at 6.5%. Only Lexington County, at 6.2%, had a lower unemployment rate in South Carolina. Dorchester County had July figures of 6.8%, and Berkeley County was at 7%.

South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up slightly to 8.1% in July compared with 8% June. During the past year, the jobless rate has dropped by more than a percentage point, according the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

There were 174,267 unemployed South Carolinians in July and an estimated total labor force of 2,161,966. The number of employed South Carolinians slid to 1,987,699, decreasing by 4,084 since June.

Nationally, the unemployment rate declined to 7.4% from June’s estimate of 7.6%.

Charleston-area unemployment for July 2013

County
Berkeley
Charleston
Dorchester

July 2012
8.3%
7.8%
7.9%

July 2013
7%
6.5%
6.8%

% Change
-15.7%
-16.7%
-13.9%

Source: S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce

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