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Colleton’s employment rate continues to rise

Colleton County has made another historical move in the right direction, with the county’s unemployment ranking coming in a record low.
Colleton’s most-recent unemployment rating gives the county 5.8 percent in November. This is nearly two full points lower than Colleton’s unemployment ranking of 7.1 percent in November of 2014.
Colleton also had record numbers for October of this year, which was 6.4 percent.
According to the Employers Association of South Carolina (EASC), which monitors state and national unemployment ratings monthly, Colleton County’s current low unemployment rate puts the county at a 24th statewide ranking.
“The number of people working in South Carolina climbed in November, increasing by 9,147 to a record-level of 2,137,493,” according to the EASC, in a written statement. “Employment increased an estimated 71,202 people over the year, an all-time record increase for the state.”
Based on November’s numbers, Marion County has the worst rating in the Palmetto State, with 9.1 percent of that county’s residents being unemployed. Marion’s 2015 rating is still better than its 2014 numbers, which were 10.6 percent in November of last year. Allendale County came in second, with a 9.0 percent unemployment rating.
Charleston County has the best unemployment rating in the state, at 4.2 percent. Neighboring Berkeley and Dorchester Counties are sharing a 4.8 percent ranking for the entire state.
South Carolina’s unemployment rate also fell for the sixth consecutive month, declining from a statewide 5.6 percent in October to 5.5 percent in November. This “is a level not seen since August 2001,” according to the EASC.
Nationally, the unemployment rate also dropped.

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