South Carolina's jobless rate fell sharply last month to 11.6 percent -- sliding for a sthird straight month and hitting a year-long low, state officials announced this morning.
The number of jobless workers in the state last month slid by 14,600 over March.
The state's unemployment had been hovering around 12 percent for nearly a year as the downturn seemed to hit bottom. It peaked at 12.5 percent in January and was at 12.2 percent in March.
The U.S. jobless rate rose to 9.9 percent in April after start off 2010 with three months at 9.7 percent. Some of the increase nationwide came from people starting to look for jobs again as the economy shows signs of improvement.
About 13,000 jobs were added in South Carolina last month versus April.