South Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked up slightly from the previous month. But even with a rise of a tenth of a percentage point, July's 8.1 percent rate is still a decline of more than a full percentage point from the same period last year.
There were 174,000 unemployed South Carolinians in July and an estimated total labor force of nearly 2,162,000, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. The number of employed South Carolinians slid to more than 1,987,000, decreasing by 4,084 since June.
Nationally, the unemployment rate declined to 7.4 percent from June's estimate of 7.6 percent.
Locally, the rate in Jasper County dipped nine-tenths of a percentage point to 7.2 percent -- now less than Beaufort County's rate of 7.3 percent, which represented a decline of six-tenths of a percentage point from June.
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