Anderson County Jobless Rate Up to 3.4 Percent in January
Monday, March 11, 2019 at 2:51PM

Anderson County posted an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent for January, up from 3 percent in December. Every county in South Carolina posted rises in the jobless rate.

Of Anderson County's workforce of 89,646, 86,608 were employed, leaving 3,038 jobless.

“The unemployment rate rose in every South Carolina county from December to January, according to the Department of Employment and Workforce," said Steve Newton, governmental affairs director for Andreson County. "In Anderson’s case, we saw a fairly sizeable drop in the labor force coupled with an even greater decline in employment.  The rise in the unemployment rate from December to January is a fairly consistent trend that has been observed for at least the past seven years."

“I suspect ripple effects from the federal government shutdown may partially explain some of the behavior we see this year, but regardless of cause it is important to note that we have 700 more people employed now than we did last January," Newton said.  "In fact, this year’s December-to-January decline is less severe than it has been in recent years.  But it is clear that we have work to do if we want to ensure that every person who wants a job can find one.”

Statewide, the unemployment rate remained unchanged last month at 3.2 percent of the workforce, which reflects seasonally adjusted numbers in ways counties do not.

The national unemployment rate is 4 percent.

The agency said the trade, transportation and utilities segments of the economy added the most jobs, with more than 2,600 in January. The construction segment was down about 800 jobs.

Overall, more than 2.2 million people were working in South Carolina last month.

Bamberg County had the highest unemployment rate at 6.6 percent. Charleston and Lexington counties had the lowest rate at 2.9 percent.

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