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August unemployment rises in South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina's unemployment rate rose from to 11.1 percent in August.

The Department of Employment and Workforce released new unemployment rates Friday, which rose from 10.9 percent in July.

The state's labor force increased for the fourth consecutive month with the total labor force level estimated at 2,163,803. There were 1,924,633 employed persons in August, down slightly from the previous month. 

Over the past several months, employment levels have continued to decrease while unemployment levels have increased, thus driving the unemployment rate higher.

"Although the state's unemployment rate rose in August, South Carolinians should not be discouraged as we have seen the initial claims for unemployment and the duration of benefits paid decrease," said SC Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Abraham Turner. "We are aware through jobs announcements that businesses are coming to the state; therefore, I have made job training my top priority to ensure South Carolina has a skilled and well-trained workforce to offer those businesses."

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