COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's unemployment rate isn't getting any worse, but it also isn't getting any better.
The state's August unemployment rate remained unchanged from July at 8.1 percent, according to the Department of Employment and Workforce.
Beaufort County's unemployment rate jumped from 7.3 percent in July to 7.7 percent in August.
Jasper County also saw its unemployment rate increase in August -- from 7.2 to 7.4 percent.
South Carolina's unemployment rate has been either 8 percent or 8.1 percent each month since April.
The number of people working in South Carolina fell by about 360 people to just under 2.2 million people in August.
The state saw an 800-job gain in government in August as people went back to school, and a 700-job decline in leisure and hospitality as the summer vacation season ended.
Marion County had the state's highest rate at 15.1 percent, while Lexington County had the lowest rate at 6.5 percent.
The unemployment picture is better than it was a year ago, when the August 2012 rate was 9.1 percent. During the past year, South Carolina has seen the biggest increases in hospitality and construction jobs, while jobs in education and information have lagged.
The national unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent in August from 7.4 percent a month ago.
Twelve other states and the District of Columbia had higher August unemployment rates than South Carolina. North Dakota had the lowest rate at 3 percent, while Nevada had the highest rate at 9.5 percent.
Reporter Dan Burley contributed to this report. Follow Dan at twitter.com/IPBG_Dan.