COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's unemployment rate has
improved for the fourth straight month, dropping to 9.8 percent in
The state Department of Employment and Workforce reported Friday
the state has added 11,700 jobs from March, when the unemployment
rate was 9.9 percent. The state has added more than 16,000 in the
All sectors showed job increases for the month except education
The national jobless rate for April was 9 percent.
South Carolina's unemployment rate has decreased steadily from a
peak of 12.5 percent in January 2010.
Marion County continued to have the highest jobless rate at 18.7
percent. Lexington County continued to have the lowest rate at 7.3
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