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Fourth monthly drop in S.C. unemployment

May 20, 2011 9:18:00 AM - thestate.com
South Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped for the fourth month in a row in April to 9.8 percent as the hospitality industry pumps up hiring for the summer.

Retail and manufacturing jobs also showed gains, according to figures released today by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

“I am encouraged that the South Carolina employment landscape appears to have turned the corner,” Executive Director John Finan said in a statement.

In all, the state saw an increase of 11,700 non-agricultural jobs for the month.

The state’s labor force has expanded to more than 2.15 million, with more than 14,000 South Carolinians returning to work since the beginning of the year.

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