Last year may have had some low points, but it finished on a high as far as lowered unemployment numbers, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.
According to the department, the unemployment numbers dropped .4 percent in December, making it now 9.5 percent statewide. It is the lowest rate since December 2008 when unemployment stood at 9.2 percent.
“We are working every day to bring jobs to South Carolina, and today’s news of another drop in the unemployment rate is welcome," said Gov. Nikki Haley. "But we still have much work to do. We won’t stop until everyone in South Carolina who wants a job has a job.”
The national unemployment rate saw a decrease from 8.7 percent in November to 8.5 percent in December.
Counties experiencing a drop in unemployment include Bamberg, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Abbeville, Jasper and Anderson.
Charleston and Greeville counties unemployment numbers remained unchanged from November to December.
Dorchester, Pickens, Richland, Spartanburg, Berkeley and Lexington counties were among the counties that experienced a rise in unemployment numbers.