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Summer job seekers swell unemployment rate

Jun 17, 2011 11:39:00 AM - thestate.com
The number of unemployed people in South Carolina rose in May as college and high school graduates flooded the job market, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce reported Friday morning.

South Carolina unemployment for May was 10 percent, up from 9.8 percent in April.

The state's businesses added jobs but those new employment opportunities could not keep pace with the number of people entering the market. The state's labor force of nearly 2.2 million people increased by 2,769 for the month, the workforce agency said.

"A slight uptick in unemployment is typical for this time of year as colelge and high school graduates enter the labor pool, and more people seek seasonal work in tourism-related areas," the agency's morning press release said.

Despite the higher unemployment rate, John Finan, director of the workforce department, found a positive outlook on the report, saying the state's employment rate has increased steadily for eight of the last nine months.

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