The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) reported a record number of workers were at jobs in the Palmetto State in May.
Unemployment numbers in South Carolina for the month dropped to 5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent in April. From May 2015 to May 2016, the number of employed people in the state increased by 71,401. Sectors that saw an increase in workers included education and health services and construction, as well as government, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality and manufacturing. Non-farm job numbers also rose.
“I continue to be encouraged to see the commitment businesses are making to South Carolina," DEW executive director Cheryl Stanton said. "They trust that we can provide them with skilled workers as they create jobs by expanding or opening new facilities in the state. This has led to another record high employment month, meaning more people are able to provide for themselves and their families.
Yet, she added, “We have more work to do matching people to jobs as there are more than 60,000 jobs available across the state."