The employment situation continued to improve in November—if slowly, while the unemployment rate of 6.7 percent was unchanged since October.
The unemployment roll shrunk to 146,245 by 345 people, according to a monthly jobs update by the state Department of Employment and Workforce. And 5,908 people gained employment. November also marked a record high of 2,197,756 people in the labor force, adding 5,563 people that month.
It was the first time unemployment rolls and labor force participation moved in a positive direction since April, when the number of those unemployed declined by 4,652 to 114,413. Sixty-one people joined the labor force, which included 2,165,189 people that month. April’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent.
More than 66,000 South Carolinians have joined an initiative to boost their ability to get jobs since 2012. Twenty-two of the state’s 46 counties are Work Ready Certified Communities, SCDEW announced Thursday. These certified communities aim to create a skilled worker pipeline for employers in the state.