Sept. SC jobless rate drops slightly to 11 percent

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s unemployment rate fell slightly in September to 11 percent.

The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday the 0.1 percentage point decline from August ends four months of increases in the jobless rate.

Officials say nearly 10,000 people were hired for government jobs in September, most of them in education. That helped offset the traditional end of summer decline in leisure and hospitality employment.

Marion County still had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.8 percent in September, while Lexington County had the lowest jobless rate at 8 percent.

In the past month, Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced 850 new jobs in Aiken County and Continental Tire announced a new plant with 1,600 jobs in Sumter County. But hiring for those positions are months or years away.

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