The Charleston metro area held up pretty well, too, edging down from 8.9% to 8.8% -- we were at 10.4% a year ago.
Overall, South Carolina’s unemployment rate decreased to 10.7% in October from a rate of 11% in September. Over the month, the number of employed increased by 5,859, and the number of unemployed declined by 5,250 -- that means we just edged out the labor growth by 609 jobs.
Officials are hopeful that "may signify potential growth for the economy."
Charleston County improved 0.1% points to 8.4% (4th lowest in the state,) Dorchester improved the same to hit 9%, and Berkeley improved 0.2% points to reach 9.5%.
The Current Employment Survey in South Carolina showed growth of 10,700 nonagricultural jobs in October, most of which came from the private sector (7,300 jobs.) Rather notable gains were recorded in Construction (+2,700), Manufacturing (+1,100), Retail Trade (+1,900), Professional and Business Services (+2,000), and Education and Health Services (+1,300).
Leisure and hospitality was an exception, as it declined (-2,600) due to seasonal influences.
Manufacturing has been a standout for South Carolina, too, during the last 12 months an overall increase in excess of 5,000 jobs.
“This news is encouraging” said John Finan, Executive Director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. "This positive change in the labor force, along with an upward swing in industry growth, is movement in the right direction for South Carolina.”
Also an Associated Press report has just been released about signs that the job market growth is beginning to accelerate.