COLUMBIA, South Carolina — In a story July 21 about unemployment in South Carolina in June, The Associated Press reported erroneously the rate in May was 6.6 percent. The May rate was 6.8 percent.
A corrected version of the story is below:
South Carolina unemployment rate drops slightly in June
SC officials report the state's unemployment rate dropped slightly in June after May increase
COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Unemployment in South Carolina dropped slightly last month, after a slight uptick in May.
The jobless rate was 6.6 percent in June, the Department of Employment and Workforce said Tuesday. That compares with a rate of 6.8 percent in May.
Nationally, unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent in June.
The May increase had come even though more people were working in South Carolina.
Total employment increased again in June, with 2,112,034 people working. Total employment in the state has increased every month for more than five years.
Since June 2012, 64,269 more people have found jobs, the agency said.
The number of people in the workforce without jobs in June dropped by about 4,400 to 148,757, compared with May.
The leisure and hospitality sector had the biggest increase in June, adding more than 4,000 jobs as South Carolina's tourism season kicked into high gear.
The trade, transportation and utilities segment added 3,800 jobs. Construction and government also increased last month.
Manufacturing lost 200 jobs during the month.
Allendale County had the highest unemployment rate in June, at 11.5 percent. It was followed closely by Bamberg County at 11.3 percent and Marlboro County at 11.1 percent.
Charleston County had the lowest rate at 5.5 percent. Lexington County's rate was 5.6 percent and Greenville County was at 5.7 percent.
The county figures are not adjusted for seasonal factors, unlike the state numbers.
This story has been corrected to show the jobless rate in May for South Carolina is 6.8 percent, not 6.6 percent.