COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/SCRN/WVOC) - South Carolina's jobless rate became slightly worse in June.
The state Department of Employment and Workforce says unemployment was 8.1% last month, or one-tenth of a percentage point higher than May's rate.
The national jobless rate was steady at 7.6% in June.
Around our state, the unemployment rate went up in all but two counties – Fairfield and York – with the number of those out of work rising about 1,900.
Trade, hospitality and professional and business services posted a combined job growth of more than 14,000 last month, but education jobs went down by 1,200 with schools out for the summer.
Marion County continues to have the highest or worst rate statewide at 16.3% while Lexington County had the lowest or best rate at 6.9%.