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South Carolina employment trends, April 2010

South Carolina employment trends, April 2010

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South Carolina’s Employment Situation - April 2010
Released: May 21, 2010
South Carolina’s Unemployment Rate Continues to Decline
South Carolina’s unemployment rate declined for the third straight month to 11.6 % in April,the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce reported today. This was downsignificantly from the March rate of 12.2%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,South Carolina’s labor force (employed + unemployed persons) declined 6,272 in April to2,167,544. The drop in the labor force was attributed to a sharp decline in the number of unemployed as fewer people lost their jobs in April and fewer people entered the labor force tolook for jobs. The drop in the unemployed estimate (-14,648) was partially offset by a modestincrease in total employment.The national jobless rate increased two-tenths of a percent in April to 9.9%.A separate establishment-based survey showed the number of non-farm jobs increasing by13,000 in April, with increases in most major industry divisions. Seasonal gains, mostlytourist-related, were recorded in Retail Trade (+1,800), Leisure and Hospitality (+8,800), andProfessional and Business Services (+3,400). Government posted a gain of 1,900, andManufacturing registered a slight gain of 500 jobs. Declines were measured in construction jobs (-2,800) over the month, as well as in Educational and Health Services (-600).General John Finan, Executive Director of the newly formed Department of Employment andWorkforce said, “We are encouraged by this positive news and remain focused on puttingSouth Carolinians back to work.”
S. C. Employment Security Commission Roosevelt T. Halley, Exe
cutive Director 
P. O. Box 995, Columbia, South Carolina 29202 (803) 737
S. C. Department of Employment and Workforce John L. Finan, Interim Executive Director P. O. Box 995, Columbia, South Carolina 29202 (803) 737-2617
April -2010AprilMarchAprilNet Change FromIndustry201020102009MonthYearAgoAgo
Total Nonag. Employment1,822,9001,809,9001,832,80013,000-9,900
Natural Resources and Mining4,6004,3004,100300500Construction77,80080,60089,700-2,800-11,900Manufacturing207,700207,200216,500500-8,800Trade, Transportation and Utilities346,000344,700348,8001,300-2,800Information27,50027,80027,700-300-200Financial Activities101,100101,300101,600-200-500Professional and Business Services211,400208,000199,0003,40012,400Educational and Health Services209,900210,500207,800-6002,100Leisure and Hospitality207,500198,700213,6008,800-6,100Government359,800357,900354,2001,9005,600
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES RANKED BY COUNTYUnemployment RateAprilMarchRank20102010Change
1Marlboro19.521.5-2.02Marion 18.920.6-1.73Allendale18.720.5-1.84Chester18.319.9-1.65Union17.719.1-1.46Barnwell 16.218.0-1.8Lancaster16.218.0-1.88Bamberg 15.816.1-0.3York 15.816.3-0.510Chesterfield 15.517.4-1.911Dillon14.916.0-1.112McCormick 14.817.0-2.213Cherokee14.115.7-1.614Clarendon 13.815.4-1.615Orangeburg13.715.3-1.616Williamsburg 13.515.4-1.917Hampton13.114.8-1.718Lee 13.014.2-1.219Abbeville 12.614.6-2.020Colleton12.213.6-1.4Fairfield12.212.9-0.722Sumter11.612.9-1.323Darlington 11.413.0-1.624Georgetown11.313.0-1.725Greenwood11.212.8-1.626Oconee11.113.0-1.927Horry10.913.2-2.328Spartanburg10.812.2-1.429Anderson10.712.3-1.630Florence 10.511.8-1.331Newberry10.311.5-1.232Laurens 10.211.4-1.233Calhoun 10.111.5-1.434Kershaw 9.510.6-1.135Edgefield 9.49.8-0.4Pickens 9.410.2-0.837Berkeley 9.110.3-1.238Greenville 9.010.2-1.239Richland 8.69.8-1.240Dorchester 8.59.6-1.141Jasper 8.39.7-1.442Aiken 8.28.7-0.5Charleston 8.29.4-1.244Saluda 8.110.1-2.045Lexington 7.48.4-1.046Beaufort 7.38.8-1.5

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