Unemployment Rate In County Increases

By Betsy Finklea
Dillon County’s unemployment rate increased slightly during the month of June to 15 percent, a 0.1 percent increase from the previous month.
Dillon County ranked ninth in the state in unemployment.
Nancy G. Finklea, Dillon County One Stop Workforce Center/WIA Program director, said, “The reason for the increase is a flood of new graduates into the job market, and there has been a decrease in the number of tourism jobs available. We normally send a large number of people down to the beach for work during the summer months, and fewer of those jobs are available this year.”
Statewide, South Carolina’s rate was 10.7 percent in June. This was a decrease of 0.4 percent from the previous month.
Marion (1), Allendale (2), Marlboro (3), Union (4), Chester (5), Barnwell (6), Bamberg (7), Lancaster (8), and Orangeburg (10) made up the rest of top ten in unemployment. Aiken had the lowest unemployment rate in the state.

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