South Carolina’s jobless rate rises slightly in June

South Carolina’s unemployment rate jumped to 8.1 percent in June from 8 percent in May, according to a report from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce released Thursday.

National unemployment was steady at 7.6 percent last month, the report said.

Jobless rates went up last month in all but two of South Carolina’s 46 counties. Statewide, the number of unemployed people rose to 174,000, an increase of 1,900.

Trade, hospitality and professional and business services posted a combined job growth of 14,500 last month. Education jobs decreased by 1,200, with schools out for the summer.