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County Unemployment Jumps to 4.7 Percent in January

South Carolina's jobless rate inched up slightly to 4.3 percent in January, up from 4.2 percent in Decemeber, even as the state's employment continued to rise. Anderson County, meanwhile posted and unemployment rate of 4.7 percent, up sharply from 3.9 percent in December. Anderson remains tied for nineth lowest overall jobless rate in the state.

Note: the statewide rate is seasonally adusted while county rates are not, which does not make for easy comparison.

"The first thing I notice in looking at the numbers is that Anderson County's number of employed people in January 2018 was 1,000 more than in January 2017," said Anderson County Government Affairs Liaison Steve Newton.

Newton said the the activity is actually an improvement over past shifts from December to January, and that most counties in the state posted jumps similar to Anderson's.

"For whatever reason, we typically see significant numbers entering the workforce in January."

In Anderson's workforce of 90,323,  86,075 were employed, while 4,248 were without work for the month.

Statewide, the number of individuals working increased by 463 to 2,221,308 people, while the number of unemployed individuals increased by 2,299 to 100,178. The state’s labor force increased by 2,762 to 2,321,486 people.

Nationally, unemployment was unchanged at 4.1.

Manufacturing jobs were up by more than 3,100 in January.

Fairfield County continued to have the highest unemployment rate at 10.1 percent. Charleston County had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.0 percent.

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