Greenville County unemployment decreases


Anderson, Pickens and Spartanburg counties stay the same


Greenville County’s unemployment rate fell slightly in December while Spartanburg, Pickens and Anderson counties saw no change, according to the latest unemployment numbers.

Oconee County’s unemployment rate went up two-tenths of a point to 5.4 percent.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was unchanged from November at 5.5 percent.

But the number of people working in South Carolina grew by 10,111, pushing the state’s workforce to 2,147,642, a historic high. Over the past year, the state gained 78,452 jobs, an all-time year-over-year record for South Carolina.

Nationally, unemployment is 5 percent.

Unemployment rose in 19 of South Carolina’s 46 counties, but Oconee was the only one in the Upstate.

Greenville County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent, tied with Lexington County and behind only Charleston County.

Spartanburg County’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent. Anderson County stayed the same at 4.6 percent and Pickens County maintained 5.0 percent unemployment.

Sectors with the biggest increases in employment in South Carolina were professional and business services, and trade, transportation and utilities.

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December 15 unemployment numbers


0.1% – decrease in Greenville County unemployment rate

4.6 – unemployment rate in Anderson County (unchanged from last month)

600 – jobs added in Spartanburg MSA in the last month

2,900 – non-farm jobs added in Greenville MSA

10,111 – increase in working South Carolinians from November to December

10,369 – unemployed Greenville County residents

78,452 – jobs added in S.C. in the last year

(Source: SC DEW)



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