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S.C.'s umemployment climate has improved since the Great Recession

At the depth of the Great Recession, South Carolina’s unemployment rate had reached 11.6 percent with about a quarter of a million jobless workers.

Fast forward six years: The rate of unemployed people has been cut almost in half.

The bottom of the recession in the Palmetto State was June 2009, according to figures for the state Department of Employment and Workforce. Here’s a comparison of then and now.

JUNE 2009

250,691

people not working

1.9 million

people employed

2.1 million

labor force: people working or looking for work

11.6%

statewide jobless rate

APRIL 2015*

151,528

people not working

2.1 million

people employed

2.2 million

labor force: people working or looking for work

6.7%

statewide jobless rate

* Lastest figures available

SOURCE: S.C Department of Employment and Workforce

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