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As jobless rate rises, so does SC child abuse rate

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Statistics in South Carolina seem to support research showing parallels between rising unemployment and child abuse.

The Greenville News reported Monday that Boston University researchers examining 18 years of data found that for every 1 percent increase in unemployment, child mistreatment reports one year later increased by at least .5 per 1,000 children.

South Carolina's Department of Social Services investigated nearly 19,000 cases over the last fiscal year, an increase of almost 7 percent. The number of proven cases rose nearly 3 percent to nearly 7,000.

South Carolina's unemployment rate shot from 5.5 percent in February 2008 to 12.5 percent last January. The rate has fluctuated this year and was 10.7 percent last month.

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