SC unemployment up slightly in June to 8.1%

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's jobless rate went up slightly in June.

The state Department of Employment and Workforce said Thursday that unemployment in South Carolina was 8.1% last month. That's just one-tenth of a percentage point higher than May's rate of 8%.

National unemployment was steady at 7.6% last month.

Jobless rates went up last month in all but 2 of South Carolina's 46 counties. Statewide, the number of unemployed people rose by about 1,900, for a total of more than 174,000.

Trade, hospitality and professional and business services posted a combined job growth of 14,500 last month. Education jobs went down by 1,200, with schools out for the summer.

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