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York County, S.C. jobless figures edge a bit higher in March

Area and state jobless figures for March show only a slight change from February.

The unemployment rate in York County and in South Carolina edged up slightly last month – the first increase in more than a year for the state.

In York County, the jobless rate was 5.2 percent, up from 5.1 percent in February, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

The department said Friday the state’s jobless rate increased to 5.7 percent in March. That was up from 5.5 percent.

It’s the first increase since September 2014.

Chester County saw a slight decrease in its jobless figures, dropping to 7.5 percent in March from 7.6 percent. Lancaster County held steady at 6.1 percent for both months.

The employment department cited a record number of people entering the workforce for a statewide increase. The number of people working in March increased by more than 12,000. Nearly 2 million South Carolinians are now working.

The trade, transportation and utility sector added nearly 4,000 jobs last month. The manufacturing sector lost 100 jobs.

Allendale County had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 9.8 percent. Charleston and Lexington counties had the lowest rate at 4.6 percent.

March unemployment

February

March

U.S.

4.9 percent

5.0 percent

S.C.

5.5

5.7

York County

5.1

5.2

Chester County

7.6

7.5

Lancaster County

6.1

6.1

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