South Carolina has reached another record high in the number of people working in the state. The unemployment rate dropped from 4.4% to 4.3% in April.
According to today’s report from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, employment rose by 3,978, bringing the total employed for April to 2,233,160 people. The state’s labor force rose in April by 1,852 to 2,334,673 people. In the last 12 months, the labor force has grown by 37,733 people, and employment gains totaled 55,856. The level of unemployment decreased by 18,123 people.
“I continue to be encouraged and optimistic for the future of South Carolina. We have more people working now than any time in our state’s history,” said Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. “More and more people are feeling confident about the economy and are entering the workforce to take advantage of the opportunities available to them as businesses expand and grow here. But we have more work to do in helping to match the unemployed with the job openings across the state.”
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.3% from 4.4% in March. In April 2016, the unemployment rate was 5.2%.
Richland County’s unemployment rate fell to 3.5% from 3.9% in March. Lexington County’s unemployment rate fell to 3% from 3.4% in March.
Among the state’s metro areas, Florence recorded the highest unemployment rate at 4.1%, which is a decrease from 4.5% in March. Columbia posted an unemployment rate of 3.4%, down from 3.8% in March while Greenville posted an unemployment rate of 3.3%, down from 3.7%. Charleston had an unemployment rate of 3.1%, down from 3.5% in March.
Nationally, April’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4% compared to 4.5% last month.
“With today’s news that more South Carolinians are working than ever before, and that the unemployment rate has dropped once again, it shows that our focus on economic development and workforce training is helping to improve the quality of life for all of our people and move our state forward,” said Gov. Henry McMaster in a statement.