South Carolina’s unemployment rate remained steady at 6.6 percent in January, even as more people entered the job market, according to a report Tuesday from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.
The workforce grew to 2,227,020 in January from 2,216,252 in December, as more people felt confident enough in the economy to resume their search for jobs, the report showed. At the same time, all industry sectors have created jobs since January 2014, resulting in a state wide job growth rate nearing 3 percent.
Allendale County had the state’s highest jobless rate, 13.2 percent. Lexington County was the lowest at 5.5 percent.