- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in November at 6.7 percent, the state Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday.

The number of South Carolinians working also reached a record high for another month at 2.05 million people in November as the state added about 5,100 jobs, according to the agency.

South Carolina has added about 29,000 jobs this year. But the unemployment rate has slowly risen over most of 2014 as more people start looking for work again or move into the state. The agency estimates there are nearly 2.2 million people who are working or who want to work but cannot find a job in the state.

Marion County still has the state’s highest unemployment rate in November at 11.6 percent. Greenville, Lexington and Saluda counties all have the lowest jobless rates at 5.2 percent.

Nineteen counties had their unemployment rates go down in November, while the jobless rate rose in 16 counties and was unchanged in 11 counties.

South Carolina’s unemployment rate remained above the national rate of 5.8 percent in November, which was unchanged from the previous month.

The leader of the jobs agency emphasized the good news in the report.

“This type of record-setting employment growth, along with labor force expansion, points to continued economic prosperity as the year winds down, and we look forward to 2015,” Department of Employment and Workforce Director Cheryl Stanton said in a statement.

The job sectors that saw the most new workers were professional and business services and leisure and hospitality. Declines in jobs in November were seen in education and health services and construction.

It has been nearly four years since South Carolina set its record with an 11.9 percent unemployment rate in December 2009.

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