Tuesday, April 19, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's unemployment rate has dropped below 10 percent for the first time in more than two years.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday that South Carolina's jobless rate was 9.9 in March, compared with 10.2 in February. The national unemployment rate was 8.8 percent for March.
The last time South Carolina's rate was less than 10 percent was in December 2008, at 8.8 percent.
Overall, there were 24,300 more jobs in South Carolina in March compared with the year before.
State officials planned to release details about the unemployment rate at an afternoon news conference.
Economists have said South Carolina's economy is improving, but at a much slower pace than during previous recoveries.
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