SC jobless figure unchanged for 3rd straight month

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's unemployment rate has remained unchanged for the third month in a row.

The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that the state's jobless rate was 5.3 percent in June.

When South Carolina's unemployment initially fell to 5.3 percent in April, officials said that figure was the state's lowest level in 13 years.

The rate was unchanged in May, when federal officials said South Carolina's 5.3 percent was 2.6 percentage points lower than a year earlier. That change also represented the largest year-to-year drop in the country.

National unemployment was 6.1 percent in June, down from 6.3 percent in May.

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