Anderson County's unemployment rate dropped by seven-tenths of a percentage point in September, down to 4.5 percent, following a series of rising jobless rate numbers over the summer.
Of the county's workforce of 89,474, a total of 85,432 had jobs. leaving 4,042 unemployed. The rate dropped from 5.2 percent in August.
Statewide, the number of South Carolinians working in September rose to an all-time high while the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped below 5 percent for the first time since April 2001. South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.9 percent in September from 5.1 percent in August. The state’s unemployment rate also dropped below the national rate for the first time since April 2014.
Nationally, the unemployment rate increased from 4.9 in August to 5 percent in September.