Initial unemployment claims filed in South Carolina increased by 218 for the week ending Oct. 18.
The 3,837 claims represented an uptick from the 3,619 filed the previous week and ended a three-week string of decreasing claims, according to data from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.
Richland County again saw the highest number of claims in the state with 402. Greenville County had 370, Horry County 263, Charleston County 260 and Lexington County 149.
DEW has paid out more than $43.6 billion in a combination of state and federal unemployment benefits since mid-March.