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S.C. jobless rate rises to 11%

Sep 21, 2010 9:21:00 AM - thestate.com
South Carolina’s jobless rose in August, the second straight monthly gain as more people appear to be looking for work.

The state’s unemployment rate rose to 11 percent last month from a revised 10.7 percent in July, the state Department of Employment and Workforce reported today. The month-over-month gain was the biggest since April 2009.

South Carolina’s jobless rate fell for five straight months after reaching an all-time high of 12.5 percent in January as people left the workforce or stopped looking for jobs. Unemployment figures count only those who are actively seeking jobs.

The number of unemployed in the state increased by 6,345 over July -- the second consecutive month of growth, according to reports released today. That suggests the people have resumed job hunts despite the lengthy economic downturn. The monthly gain in the number of unemployed also was the biggest since April 2009.

Government jobs posted biggest gains in South Carolina last month as schools reopened.