SC's unemployment rate edges up in July

SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - South Carolina saw a slight spike in its unemployment rate last month, increasing to 10.8 percent from its previous recording of 10.7 percent in June.

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce released the updated numbers on Friday. Officials report July's unemployment rate is the state's first increase in jobless numbers for 2010.

In addition to a spike in unemployment, the Department of Employment and Workforce noted July was the fifth consecutive month the state's labor force declined. The total number of jobs in the state decreased more than 30,000 for the month.

Since July 2009, however, 18,000 jobs have been added to the state's economy.

Marion County continued to lead the pack in July with the state's highest unemployment rate, sitting at 19.9 percent. The Department of Employment and Workforce reported 1-in-5 residents in the county were hunting for work through July.

Marlboro, Allendale and Union counties rounded out the Top 4 counties with the highest unemployment rates. The counties saw figures rise to 19.7 percent, 19.3 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively.

Unemployment inflated to 11.5 percent in Florence County, while the jobless number dropped 0.2 percent in Horry County.

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