By MEG KINNARD
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's unemployment rate has gone up for a third consecutive month.
State officials said Tuesday that unemployment was 6.6 percent in September.
That seasonally adjusted number is up from 6.3 percent in August. Nationally, unemployment went down, falling from 6.1 percent in August to 5.9 percent in September.
The Department of Employment and Workforce said the number of unemployed people in South Carolina was more than 144,000. That's an increase of more than 6,400 compared with a month earlier.
The state's labor force went up by nearly 9,000 people, to more than 2.1 million.
Jobless rates either went down or were unchanged in all of South Carolina's 46 counties. But those numbers are not seasonally adjusted, so they can't be directly compared with the state unemployment rate.