The unemployment rate for May was 5.3 percent, unchanged from a month earlier.
But more South Carolinians are getting back to work. Over the past year, the labor force has decreased by more than 20,000 people, despite the unemployment rate declining by 2.6 percentage points. More than 1,200 joined the labor force between April and May.
From April to May the state added 3,000 jobs. Most seasonally adjusted gains were in Manufacturing and in Trades, Transportation and Utilities—1,400 and 3,600, respectively. Construction lost 1,100 jobs. All three sectors have grown in the past year.
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce released the following statement from its agency head—
“I’m excited that South Carolinians continue to go back to work at all-time highs with more than two million people working.” said Cheryl M. Stanton, executive director of the SC Department of Employment and Workforce. “Our work is never finished, but we made great strides this month in Manufacturing and Trade, Transportation and Utilities. DEW remains focused on working with our businesses and workforce partners to continue to move South Carolina’s economy forward.”