COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina's jobless rate jumped half a percentage point in June to 10.5 percent.
The state Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that more than 3,000 people started looking for work last month.
Public employees have taken the biggest hit in job losses over the past year, as the number of teachers and government workers plunged by more than 16,500 jobs since June 2010.
South Carolina's jobless numbers have consistently outpaced the national rate, which was 9.2 percent in June. In May, the state reversed a four-month downward trend, with unemployment rising slightly to 10 percent.
South Carolina's unemployment rate had decreased steadily from a peak of 12.5 percent in January 2010.