South Carolina employment rate jumps 2.42% in 2014

South Carolina created 47,000 new jobs in 2014.   Courtesy of

South Carolina added approximately 47,000 new jobs last year, an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently showed. 

Pew Charitable Trusts looked at the BLS's data to determine how much employment has grown in each state. It found that South Carolina’s employment rate increased by 2.42 percent in 2014.

By the end of 2014, South Carolina’s unemployment rate stood at 6.5 percent. The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) stated that 2.2 million people were unemployed in December, breaking state unemployment records.

DEW conducts studies and compiles data differently than the BLS in an attempt to adjust its study outcomes based on school calendars and tourist seasons. According to its records, 32,770 jobs were created in 2014, and the workforce expanded by 33,793 individuals.

Each state in the U.S. added jobs last year.

North Dakota showed the most rapid growth rate at 5.42 percent, but Texas added the most new jobs at 458,000, which was a growth rate of 4.04 percent.

North Carolina exhibited a 2.79 percent growth rate, adding 115,000 new jobs.

Georgia’s 108,000 new jobs break down to a 2.66 growth rate in the state.

The industries that experienced the largest job growths were manufacturing, leisure/hospitality and professional/business services. The government and trade/transportation/utilities sectors gained the most workers overall.

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