Lexington County unemployment rate remains lowest in state

One month after seeing its rate of unemployed workers jump by nearly a full percentage point, Lexington County still boasts the best number in the state.

The county’s percentage of people without steady work declined in July after increasing from May to June. In comparison, South Carolina’s rate didn’t fluctuate much and landed at 8.1 percent for July 2013. The number has decreased from 9.2 percent in a year’s time.

Lexington County saw its unemployment rate increase from 6.1 percent to 6.9 percent in June following the trend of every other county but Fairfield and York. According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, the across-the-board increase was attributed to seasonal layoffs and the influx of new graduates into the workforce. The trend reversed the following month for most counties, including Lexington and Richland.

Latest figures from SCDEW have Richland’s rate at 7.9 percent (compared with 8.4 percent in June). Lexington again sits at the bottom of the county list with the lowest figure of 6.2 percent for July.

As a whole, the nation saw its unemployment rate drop 0.2 percent to 7.4.

South Carolina reported more jobs added to the professional and business services, construction and leisure and hospitality sectors. Contrary to recent months, manufacturing experienced a decline in the number of positions as did government and education and health services.