South Carolina's unemployment rate dropped again in November, falling to 7.1 percent -- the first time since 2008 that the state's total workforce topped 2 million people.
From the Department of Employment and Workforce news release:
The largest gains were in Government (+1,800); Leisure and Hospitality (+1,300); and Educational and Health Services (+1,100). Additional gains occurred in Professional and Business Services (+700); Manufacturing (+600); and Other Services (+200).
Industry declines were reported in Financial Activities (-600); Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-200); and Information (-200). Construction had a minimal decline of 100.
The national unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, down form 7.3 percent in October.
Republican Gov. Nikki Haley trumpeted the new rate on her Facebook page:
But Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland and the House minority leader, thought Haley's post was funny:
.@nikkihaley trying to take credit for an improving natl economy is like a weatherman trying to take credit for sunshine after a storm.— Todd Rutherford (@RepRutherford) December 20, 2013