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Unemployment rises in Chesterfield, Marlboro

First Posted: 4:50 pm - July 21st, 2015

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BENNETTSVILLE — Marlboro County remains third-highest in unemployment among South Carolina’s 46 counties as the jobless rate edged up to 11.1 percent in June.

State figures released Tuesday show 9,298 percent of the 10,453 workers who make up the county’s labor force are unemployed. Marlboro County posted 10.7 percent unemployment in May.

Chesterfield County’s unemployment rate ticked up from 6.6 percent to 7 percent over the same one-month period, with 20,638 workers employed in a labor force of 22,184.

The state’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.6 percent in June from the May level of 6.8 percent. South Carolina’s employment level continued to improve in June as nearly 2,100 people found work, according to the S.C. Division of Employment and Workforce.

This marks 67 consecutive months that employment has increased, reaching another historic high of 2,112,034 people working.

After rising 16 consecutive months, the state’s labor force declined slightly from May to June by 2,307 to 2,260,791 people. The number of unemployed decreased by nearly 4,401 to 148,757.

The labor force has grown by 76,198 people over the last 12 months. Since June 2014, the level of unemployed individuals increased by 11,929 people. Since a year ago, 64,269 job seekers have found work.

Nationally, the unemployment rate declined from 5.5 percent in May to June’s estimate of 5.3 percent.

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