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Colleton’s unemployment gets better and better

County numbers reflect state improvement, as well.

Colleton County’s unemployment rating has come a long way in one year, dropping more than one full percentage point.
The county’s unemployment rating in August of 2014 was 8.1 percent. At the end of August this year, the county’s rating came in at 6.9 percent – more than a full point drop in one year’s time.
The numbers are based on employment ratings and information compiled by the Employers Association of South Carolina (EASC).
The county’s unemployment numbers are also improving month-after-month. According to the EASC, Colleton’s ratings are sitting at 6.9 percent for August. This is better than the 7.5 percent reported in the county for the month of July.
The latest information ties Colleton County with Abbeville County at 20th in the state. This means the two counties share the 20th lowest-unemployment ratings in South Carolina. The 20th-ranking is also better than the county’s 21st-ranking, where Colleton sat for most of the summer months. The counties’ rankings are based on the 46th counties in the state. According to the latest EASC numbers, Orangeburg County has the highest unemployment rating in the state, at 11.8 percent. Charleston and Lexington Counties are tied at having the lowest unemployment ratings in the Palmetto State, with both counties having a 5.1 unemployment rating for August.
Some of Colleton’s neighboring counties are also showing improvement from last year’s numbers. Bamberg County is sitting at 11.2 percent, the second highest unemployment rating in the state. Meanwhile, nearby Berkeley and Dorchester counties share a 5.6 percent rating, some of the best in South Carolina. Officials with the EASC contribute the lower unemployment ratings statewide to more job opportunities. “South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate recorded the largest one-month decline since 1983, falling from 6.4 percent in July to 6.0 percent in August. This marked the state’s third consecutive monthly drop,” according to the EASC. The number of people in the state who are unemployed also decreased by 7,910 – making it the largest ever one-month drop since the EASC starting tracking state data in 1976.

Nationally, the unemployment rate fell from 5.3 percent in July to 5.1 percent in August, according to the EASC.

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