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Unemployment rates inched up throughout The T&D Region last month, according to figures released Friday by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

During March, Bamberg’s unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, up from 5.5 percent in February. It was tied with Allendale County for having the worst unemployment rate in the state.

Orangeburg and Williamsburg counties tied for having the fourth-highest unemployment rate among the state’s 46 counties in March. Orangeburg County’s rate was 5.1 percent, up from 4.9 percent in February.

Calhoun County’s March unemployment rate was 4 percent, up from 3.9 percent the month before. It was tied with Lancaster and Union counties for 15th place.

South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained the same last month at 3.2 percent.

The national unemployment rate also remained steady at 3.8 percent.

Lexington had the state's lowest unemployment rate for January at 2.8 percent.

Other area counties’ unemployment rates in January were:

• Allendale – 5.8 percent

• Barnwell – 4.9 percent

• Dorchester – 3 percent

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