MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Initial unemployment claims in South Carolina are nearing 550,000, but weekly numbers continue to decrease.
The latest data from the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce showed 540,545 total claims in the past 10 weeks. In the week ending May 23, 24,950 people filed for unemployment. That number is down nearly 4,500 from the previous week.
Horry County saw 1,847 people filing as of May 23. While it’s slightly down from the previous week, the county still ranked in the top five counties seeing the most claims.
331 new claims were filed in Georgetown County, only down nearly 10 from the previous week.
In the Pee Dee - Florence County saw 761 new claims, which is also a decrease. Dillon, Marlboro and Marion counties all saw increases in weekly claims, while Darlington County was slightly down.
Meanwhile, the number of weekly Continued Unemployment Claims in South Carolina dropped for the first time on May 16, since the start of the pandemic back in March.
Unemployment in the Palmetto State rose for eight weeks straight, starting on March 14 with 15,111 continued claims throughout the state, to a high of 268,701 continued claims on May 9.
Now those numbers have dropped by nearly 30,000 claims over the past two weeks, to 240,276 claims on May 23.
The state Department of Employment Workforce warns however these numbers may not be 100% accurate as it relies on individuals to self-report their employment status.
Across the country, nearly 2.1 million people filed for unemployment last week - bringing national totals to nearly 41 million since March.