SC (WMBF) - Unemployment rates fell in 42 U.S. states last month, and South Carolina is one of them.
According to the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, The Palmetto State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6.5% in December from November's rate of 6.7%. Since 2013, SC's unemployment rate declined by .1%.
Local counties including Marlboro, Dillon, Florence and Darlington contributed to the decline, while Horry and Georgetown Counties unemployment rates increased.
Marlboro County's December 2013 rate dropped from 10.4% to 9.1% in November of 2014, and dropped again to 8.9% in December 2014.
In December of 2013, Dillon County's unemployment rates decreased from 9.8% to 9.1% in November 2014, and the rates decreased again to 8.8% in December of 2014.
Florence County's December 2013 rate increased from 7.1% to 7.3% in November of 2014 but the rate declined to 7.2% in December 2014.
Darlington County's December 2013 rate decreased from 7.4% to 7.1% in November 2014 and continued to drop to 6.8% in December 2014.
In December of 2013, Horry County's unemployment rate decreased from 7.9% to 7.4% in November of 2014, but the rate increased to 8.1% last month.
Finally, in 2013, Georgetown County's rate dropped from 7.2% to 6.7% in November 2014. The rates increased to 6.9% in December of 2014.
Declining unemployment rates are the latest sign that strong hiring is boosting job opportunities nationwide. Nationwide, nearly 3 million more Americans are earning paychecks now compared with 12 months ago. That should help boost consumer spending and accelerate the economy's growth.