January unemployment rate edges up in SC, NC - FOX Carolina 21

January unemployment rate edges up in SC, NC

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

Both South Carolina and North Carolina's unemployment rates increased slightly in January.

South Carolina's Department of Employment and Workforce said Monday the jobless rate in January was 8.7 percent. That's up from a revised rate of 8.6 percent in December.

The national jobless rate also increased slightly in January, from 7.8 percent in December to 7.9 percent.

The agency says much of the loss came because of seasonal layoffs and the closing of schools between semesters.

The information sector was the only segment of the economy to add jobs in January, with 600 additional positions. Trade, transportation and utilities saw a decline of 9,600 jobs, while government employment dropped by 8,500.

Marion County had the highest unemployment rate at 19.2 percent. Lexington County had the lowest rate at 6.8 percent.

North Carolina's unemployment rate edged up in January as the state continues to grapple with job losses. The state Commerce Department said Monday that North Carolina's unemployment rate was 9.5% in January. That is up from 9.4% in December.

Employers added nearly 3,000 more jobs than they cut, with hospitality and manufacturing responsible for most of the gains. North Carolina's hospitality industry was the sector with the largest monthly increase.

But the number of people unemployed grew by more than 6,000, with professional and business services losing the most workers, followed by education and health services.

More than 17,000 people were added in December to the pool of people looking for work statewide.

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