COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - South Carolina's jobless rate has dropped to its lowest level in five years.
The Department of Employment and Workforce says that the state's jobless rate fell to 8% in April.
That's the lowest that unemployment in the Palmetto State has been since October 2008. And the workforce agency says the drop from 8.4% in March represents the state's largest month-to-month decrease since May 1987.
Jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector grew by 8,700 as the state continued to prepare for its busy summer tourist season. The state agency said most of those new hires were in accommodation and food services.
Professional and business services and construction jobs went up by 4,000. Trade, transportation and utilities jobs grew by 2,300.
Lexington County had the state's lowest or best unemployment rate last month at 5.7%, while Marion County had the highest or worst rate at 15%.