South Carolina’s unemployment rate fell slightly last month.
The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday the state’s jobless rate was 5.6 percent in May. That’s down from 5.8 percent in April.
Officials say the number of people working in South Carolina reached a record level last month, at more than 2.18 million people. The number of unemployed people dropped nearly 4,500, to 129,000.
Together, the education and construction sectors grew by 3,000 jobs last month. Government jobs also went up by 700 positions.
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Unemployment was down in all of South Carolina’s counties except three: Edgefield, where the rate went up, and Chester and Newberry, where the rates held steady.
Lexington County had the state’s lowest jobless rate, at 4 percent, a drop from the April rate of 4.3 percent and the May 2015 rate of 5 percent. Richland County’s rate fell from 5 percent in April to 4.7 percent in May, and Kershaw’s fell from 5.4 percent to 5 percent in May.
Unemployment was highest in Bamberg County, at 8.4 percent.