COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Unemployment in South Carolina remained unchanged at 8% last month despite higher jobless figures in nearly every county.
The Department of Employment and Workforce says that jobless rates actually went up in all but one of South Carolina's 46 counties in May.
Non-farm jobs went up by 5,400 last month and are up 21,600 compared to this time a year ago.
National unemployment went up slightly to 7.6% last month.
State officials say May was the closest South Carolina's rate had been to the national figure since March 2008.
In April, our state's jobless rate fell to a five-year low of 8%.
Officials attribute that decline in part to increased hiring in preparation for the state's multi-billion-dollar summer tourist season.