COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State officials say South Carolina's unemployment rate rose again in August to 6.4 percent, putting South Carolina back above the national jobless rate.
The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday the rate rose by six-tenths of a percentage point. It marked the second consecutive increase after three months without change.
The national jobless rate declined slightly to 6.1 percent.
South Carolina's adjusted rate was 5.8 percent in July, after being down to 5.3 percent since April. Federal officials say South Carolina's August jump was the country's largest month-to-month increase. But South Carolina's rate is still better than 19 other states and the District of Columbia.
The state's unemployment agency downplayed the upticks, pointing out that state unemployment in August was 1.1 percentage points lower than a year ago.
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