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SC unemployment holds steady while NC's rate ticks up

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COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -

South Carolina's unemployment rate held steady during the last month.

The state's Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that the state's jobless rate for May was 5.3 percent.

When South Carolina's unemployment dropped to 5.3 percent in April, officials said that figure was the state's lowest level in 13 years.

South Carolina's labor force last month was more than 2.1 million people. Over the last month, jobs in trade, transportation, utilities and manufacturing increased by 5,000.

The national unemployment rate during May was 6.3 percent.

North Carolina's unemployment rate increased slightly in May as the percentage of people losing their jobs outpaced job growth.

The state Commerce Department reported Friday that North Carolina's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in May, which was two-tenths of a percentage point up from the revised 6.2 percent rate in April.

The national unemployment rate during May was 6.3 percent.

While the state's labor force increased by nearly 19,000 people, it wasn't enough to offset the percentage of people who lost their jobs.

Despite the uptick, North Carolina's unemployment rate is still 1.9 percent lower than it was during the same month in 2013.

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