South Carolina's jobless rate has gone up for the second month in a row while North Carolina's stayed steady for the third straight month.
South Carolina's state Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that unemployment was 9.4 percent in June. That's 0.3 percentage points higher than in May but more than a full percentage point lower than the 10.5 percent recorded one year ago.
State officials said there were more than 6,600 more unemployed people in South Carolina in June, while the number of employed people went down by more than 9,000. The agency attributed the loss in employment to a drop in full-time jobs, with schools out for summer break.
Nationally, unemployment remained the same from May to June at 8.2 percent.
May's rate of 9.1 percent was the first time South Carolina unemployment had gone up in 10 months.
North Carolina's state Commerce
Department released the numbers for June on Friday morning. The
unemployment numbers remain higher than the national average, which was
8.2 percent in June.
unemployment rate last month was unchanged from April and May. An
additional 2,500 North Carolinians were unemployed compared to the last
month, but the work force decreased, keeping the rate unchanged.
The state unemployment rate has declined by 1.2 percentage points since June 2011.
Some of North Carolina's
political leaders are gathering Friday to talk jobs in Raleigh. U.S.
Sen. Kay Hagan, the president of the North Carolina Rural Economic
Development Center, and the head of the state's community college system
are discussing job creation efforts.
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