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South Carolina unemployment unchanged in April

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By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - There was no change in South Carolina's unemployment rate last month.

The Department of Employment and Workforce said Wednesday that the state's jobless figure for April stayed at 6.7 percent.

That's the same as March's rate, which was the first time the state's unemployment inched upward in several months.

Nationally, unemployment dipped from 5.5 percent to 5.4 percent.

Workforce officials say that overall employment in South Carolina set a record last month, at more than 2.1 million people. The state's labor force also hit a record high at more than 2.2 million.

The number of unemployed people also went up last month, rising to more than 151,000.

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