COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Unemployment in South Carolina fell in March for the second month in a row.
The Department of Employment and Workforce says the state's jobless rate was 8.4% last month – down two-tenths of a percentage point from February.
The state gained nearly 10,000 leisure and hospitality jobs as South Carolina ramps up for its busy tourist season.
Over the last month, there were also gains in the professional and business services and the government sectors, which both grew by more than 2,000 jobs each.
The state's 8.4% jobless rate for March compares to a national rate of 7.6%, which also fell slightly last month.
Marion County again had the highest or worst jobless rate in our state last month at 16.2%, while Lexington County again had the lowest or best rate at 6%.