South Carolina’s unemployment rate drops to 3.4 percent

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s unemployment rate again dropped slightly last month.

The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that the jobless rate in South Carolina in August was 3.4 percent. That’s down from 3.6 percent in July.

The agency says South Carolina also set a record with more than 2.2 million people working.

Officials say professional and business services added 4,000 jobs, while manufacturing lost 1,500 jobs.

The agency said in a news release that Bamberg County had the highest August unemployment rate at 7.7 percent. Charleston and Lexington counties had the lowest jobless rates at 3.0 percent.

The national unemployment rate was unchanged in August at 3.9 percent.

South Carolina’s jobless rate again inches up slightly

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South Carolina’s jobless rate inched up slightly in January, even as the state’s employment continued to rise.

The Department of Employment and Workforce said in a news release Monday that the unemployment rate last month was 4.3 percent. That’s up from a revised 4.2 percent in December.

Nationally, unemployment was unchanged at 4.1.

The state reported that the number of people working in South Carolina in January was again above 2.2 million. The number of unemployed people was up more than 2,000, to over 100,000.

Latest Cost of Living and Population Data for Charleston, South Carolina – How Do We Compare

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Cost of living is an important topic in Charleston, South Carolina.? It continues to stir up much debate, good and bad.? We have looked at three sources and compiled a summary of the latest cost of living and population statistics and how they compare with the rest of the state and country.? To add some perspective, we have also included links to the most expensive area homes for sale.

This data does bring awareness and hopes it continues the conversation.

This data looks closely at rent, home ownership, utilities, population averages, unemployment, commute, utilities, household goods and entertainment.

We welcome your thoughts and comments below.


Median Age:? 33.2
Married Population:? 41.2%
Unemployment Rate:? 4.4%
30 Year Fixed Mortgage:? 3.638%
Median Home Price:? $261, 400
Average Commute Time:? 22 Minutes

Breakdown of individual costs



Cost of Living Comparison

Cost of Living Charleston: 114

Cost of Living South Carolina: 97

Cost of Living National: 100

Most Expensive Charleston Area Home Listings on Trulia

Million Dollar + Home Listings in Charleston Area on Trulia

Source:? Sperling’s Best Places, Expatistan and Area Vibes