Jobless Rate Increases
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — South Carolina unemployment went up slightly in May, reversing a four-month downward trend. The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that the May jobless rate was 10 percent, up from 9.8 percent in April. DEW officials say the hike is normal for this time of year as new college and high school graduates enter the labor pool and more people look for seasonal, tourism-related work. Precious Brown, who has been out of work for a month, says she is keeping her options open. She may have more choices than she thinks. Four industry sectors still seeking employees include: Manufacturing, Hospitality, Transportation/Trade & Utilities, and Financial Activities. Nationally, unemployment also went up slightly, from 9 percent to 9.1 percent.