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      SC unemployment falls to lowest rate in 5 years

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - South Carolina's unemployment has dropped to its lowest rate in five years.

      The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that the state's jobless rate fell to 8% in April.

      That's the lowest that unemployment in South Carolina has been since October 2008. The workforce agency says the drop from 8.4% in March represents the state's largest month-to-month decrease since May 1987.

      Jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector grew by 8,700 as the state continued to prepare for its busy summer tourist season. The state agency said most of those new hires were in accommodation and food services.

      Professional and business services and construction jobs went up by 4,000. Trade, transportation and utilities jobs grew by 2,300.

      Governor Haley released the following comment on the drop.

      "This drop in unemployment is yet another piece of great news for South Carolina," she said in a release Friday. "Our outstanding companies, our loyal and dedicated workforce, and our competitive business environment have our economy turning again. There's no doubt that South Carolina is on the move, and we couldn't be more excited about the great things in store for our state."

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