Initial unemployment claims filed in S.C. dropped below 4,000 for the week ending Oct. 17 for the first time since the effects of the pandemic began to be felt in mid-March.
The 3,619 claims filed represented a decrease of 1,265 from the 4,884 filed the previous week and surpassed the previous low of 4,283 for the week ending Sept. 12, according to data from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.
Richland County saw a state-high 370 claims filed, while Greenville County had 292. Charleston County saw 237, Horry County 234 and Lexington County 203.
Since March 15, DEW has paid nearly $4.5 billion in a combination of state and federal unemployment benefits.
Data released earlier this week showed the unemployment rate in South Carolina dropped to 5.1% in September from 6.4% in August.