Local unemployment rates for August

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Richmond County: 10.3 percent, down from 11.3 percent in July

Columbia County: 7.0 percent, down from 7.3 percent in July

Burke County: 12.4 percent, down from 13.4 percent in July

McDuffie County: 12.5 percent, up from 12.0 percent in July

Aiken County: 9.4 percent, down from 10.0 percent in July

Edgefield County: 10.7 percent, up from 10.5 percent in July

Source: S. C. Employment Security Commission and Georgia Department of Labor

 
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