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T&D Region jobless rates increase slightly in December
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T&D Region jobless rates increase slightly in December

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Unemployment rates rose slightly throughout The T&D Region in December but still were near historically low levels, according to numbers released Friday by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

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Orangeburg County’s unemployment rate rose to 4.1% in December, the third-highest unemployment rate among the state’s 46 counties.

The county’s unemployment rate was 3.8% in November.

Bamberg County’s rate rose to 4.5% in December from 4.3 in November, the second-highest unemployment in the state. Only Allendale County had a higher December unemployment rate at 4.6%.

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Calhoun County’s unemployment rate rose to 2.9% in December, up from 2.6% in November. It was tied in December with Abbeville, Lancaster and Union counties for the state’s 16th-highest unemployment rate.

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The statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December was 2.3%, down from 2.4% in November. The 2.3% rate is the lowest the state has ever seen.

According to the SCDEW, the state set a new record for the number of people working.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was unchanged in December at 3.5%.

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Lexington and Charleston counties had South Carolina’s lowest unemployment rate in December at 1.9%.

Other area counties’ unemployment rates in November were:

• Barnwell – 3.5%

• Dorchester – 2.0%

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