Personal income in South Carolina rose faster in the second quarter than the national rate - but not because of higher earnings at work, according to federal data released Friday.
Income grew mainly because of growth in government payments, including those tied to the stimulus funding and unemployment checks, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported.
Unemployment benefit payments alone rose in South Carolina by a third over the first quarter, and 350 percent over a year earlier.
The trend was similar throughout much of the nation, the government said.
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South Carolina personal income grew by 0.7 percent in the second quarter over the first quarter. U.S. income grew 0.2 percent when comparing the same periods this year.
However, earnings from work statewide fell by nearly 1 percent overall between the two quarters.
Still, in some fields, earnings from work increased in South Carolina in the second quarter compared with the first quarter - including construction, health care, government and some manufacturing.
Compared with a year earlier earnings, rose in utilities, education, health care and government.