Slight increase in SC unemployment

Aiken up, Edgefield unchanged

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 10:37 AM
Last updated 10:53 AM
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South Carolina's unemployment rate inched up to 10.7 percent in December from 10.6 percent the month before, according to data released Tuesday by the state's Department of Employment and Workforce.

Aiken County mirrored that trend, with the unemployment rate rising 0.1 percent to 8.5 percent in December as 52 more people reported being unemployed and more people also re-entered the labor market than in November.

The county's unemployment rate was tied for second lowest in the state.

Edgefield County's rate remained unchanged at 9.5 percent in December.

Although the state's unemployment rate rose, total employment rose about 4,400, according to the Department of Employment and Workforce. Employment has risen for four consecutive months, according to a news release.

Industries that gained jobs in 2010 were professional and business services, manufacturing, financial activities, education and health services and wholesale trade.

"As the state's employment level gradually trends upward, we are also seeing more people return to the labor force," said John Finan, the department's executive director, in a statement. "While this is encouraging, we remain cautiously optimistic about the state's continuing recovery."

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WoodyKaminer 01/25/11 - 12:38 pm
Why is it when the

Why is it when the unemployment rate decreases, it says it "decreased"? But when the unemployment rate increases, it says "slightly increased"? This is the democrats way of making things sound "slightly better" than they really are. Things are not getting better people.

usapatriot 01/25/11 - 03:55 pm
Growing season is around the

Growing season is around the corner folks. Peach trees will need to be trimmed, vegetables seeded and planted, nurseries will start to get ready for spring flowers and plants.

Oops, wait a minute. Those are jobs Americans won't do. The contract Latinos will be back. My bad.

(poster's note. b4 you take me to task, I live in Edgefield. I've hauled peaches, vegetables and nursery loads over here for a few years now. I see this going on.)

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