South Carolina’s unemployment rate hit a new high in August, jumping to 11.1 from 10.9 percent in July.
The leisure and hospitality industry was hardest hit, losing 3,400 jobs since July as the traditional summer tourism season came to an end. Trade, transportation and utilities shed 1,500 jobs, and the hard-hit construction sector lost 200 jobs.
But the government, which has shed the most jobs in the past year, added 1,400 jobs in August. And manufacturing continued to be a bright spot for the state, gaining 800 jobs.
Employment experts point to the numerous manufacturing job announcements in the state in recent months as hope that jobs will soon follow.
“Although the state’s unemployment rate rose in August, South Carolinians should not be discouraged as we have seen the initial claims for unemployment and the duration of benefits paid decrease,” S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Abraham Turner said in a statement. “We are aware through jobs announcements that businesses are coming to the state; therefore, I have made job training my top priority to ensure South Carolina has a skilled and well-trained workforce to offer those businesses.