Statistics from the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce showed that a record number of workers - just over 2.1 million - were on the job in the month of April.
The month saw an increase of 10,245 workers, which made the statewide unemployment rate (which is adjusted seasonally) rise to 5.8 percent (up from 5.7 percent in March).
In the one-year period from April 2015-April 2016, there was an employment gain - and a decrease in unemployment (6,634 workers). Also in that period, the labor force in the Palmetto State increased by 65,813 workers.
April's nationwide unemployment rate stayed steady at 5 percent. Payrolls for non-farm industries were up by 900 workers, taking the number to a record high of 2.04 million. The financial activities sectors showed the most growth; also showing significant increases were the manufacturing, leisure and hospitality and professional and business services sectors.
There were also increases in workers with jobs in the government and information sectors.
Sectors showing decreases in workers included trade, transportation and utilites, other services, construction, education and health services. There was no change in the numbers of workers in the mining and logging services.
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