Jobless rate continues to increase in Berkeley County

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Berkeley County’s jobless rate continued to increase in July, according to numbers released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

The rate for July was 5.8 percent, up from June’s rate of 5.5 percent.

South Carolina’s jobless rate also increased in July to 5.7 percent from June’s 5.3 percent.

According to numbers released by DEW, about 500 more workers joined the Berkeley County labor force but employment grew by about 200 jobs.

July 2014’s rate still outpaces July 2013’s rate of 6.9 percent. Compared to last year, there are still 1,000 less workers in the labor force but relatively the same amount of employed people.

July 2014’s numbers:

• Workforce: 88,333

• Employed: 83,201

• Unemployed: 5,132

June 2014’s numbers:

• Workforce: 87,865

• Employed: 83,016

• Unemployed: 4,849

July 2013’s numbers:

• Workforce: 89,320

• Employed: 83,175

• Unemployed: 6,145

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