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					South Carolina’s Employment Situation - August 2010
    Released: September 21, 2010



                          S.C. Unemployment Rate Increases to 11.0%

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, in partnership with the Bureau of Labor
Statistics, reported today that South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 11.0%
in August from a revised rate of 10.7% in July. This is an increase of 0.3 of a percentage point from July’s
revised rate, and 1.1 percentage points below the August 2009 rate. Over the month, the number of
employed persons decreased 1,716 (-0.1%), and the number of unemployed rose by 6,345 (2.76%). This
resulted in an increase in the labor force (employed + unemployed) of 4,629 to 2,147,429. This is the first
rise in the labor force since March of 2010.

Nationally, the August unemployment rate rose from 9.5% to 9.6%. The national labor force also grew in
August by 550,000, with movements upward in employment (+290,000) and unemployment (+261,000).

The monthly establishment survey in South Carolina showed growth of 20,100 nonagricultural jobs in
August. The Government sector (+22,300) accounted for most of the growth as state and local school
staff began to return from summer break, reflecting a normal seasonal pattern. The private sector declined
by 2,200 jobs in August. Private sector losses were recorded in Professional and Business Services
(-3,800) and Leisure and Hospitality (-3,300). Private sector gains were noted in Wholesale Trade (+800),
Retail Trade (+500), Construction (+600), and Manufacturing (+700). Increases were also noted in
Education and Health Services (+1,500), and Health Care and Social Assistance (1,800). The overall job
count was 12,600 above the year-ago level.

“Despite high unemployment, we still have lots of jobs available statewide,” said John L. Finan,
Executive Director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. “During the month of
August, South Carolina had over 116,000 jobs available around the state. Of these, there were 29,188 job
openings in the Columbia metropolitan area alone, a little over 24,000 in the Greenville-Spartanburg area
and about 19,000 in Charleston. Our main goal here at SCDEW is to match these jobs with qualified
jobseekers as quickly and effectively as possible.”



                         Department of Employment and Workforce John T. Halley, Executive Director
                   S. C.S. C. Employment Security Commission Roosevelt L. Finan, Executive Director


                                                                                  737-2617 -2617
                              P. O. Box 995, Columbia, South Carolina 29202 (803) 737
                                                        WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT
                                                                August -2010


                                                                            August               July       August      Net Change From
Industry                                                                     2010                2010        2009         Month         Year
                                                                                                                            Ago         Ago
   Total Nonag. Employment                                                  1,828,500           1,808,400   1,815,900        20,100      12,600
   Natural Resources and Mining                                                 4,400               4,400       4,200             0         200
   Construction                                                                80,400              79,800      84,700           600      -4,300
   Manufacturing                                                              210,900             210,200     209,600           700       1,300
   Trade, Transportation and Utilities                                        347,800             345,800     349,200         2,000      -1,400
   Information                                                                 27,700              28,100      27,600          -400         100
   Financial Activities                                                       104,700             103,300     102,600         1,400       2,100
   Professional and Business Services                                         211,200             215,000     201,700        -3,800       9,500
   Educational and Health Services                                            208,900             207,400     206,500         1,500       2,400
   Leisure and Hospitality                                                    217,200             220,500     221,800        -3,300      -4,600
   Government                                                                 344,200             321,900     338,500        22,300       5,700


                                              UNEMPLOYMENT RATES RANKED BY COUNTY

                                                                                        Unemployment Rate

                                                                              August                July
            Rank                                                                2010                2010      Change
                     1                   Marion                                  19.8                19.6         0.2
                     2                   Allendale                               19.5                19.0         0.5
                     3                   Marlboro                                18.5                19.6        -1.1
                     4                   Union                                   18.4                17.9         0.5
                     5                   Chester                                 17.9                17.7         0.2
                     6                   Barnwell                                17.5                16.7         0.8
                     7                   Bamberg                                 16.9                16.3         0.6
                     8                   Lancaster                               16.2                16.0         0.2
                                         Orangeburg                              16.2                15.7         0.5
                    10                   Clarendon                               15.5                14.7         0.8
                                         Dillon                                  15.5                15.4         0.1
                                         McCormick                               15.5                15.0         0.5
                    13                   York                                    15.4                15.6        -0.2
                    14                   Chesterfield                            14.9                15.2        -0.3
                    15                   Williamsburg                            14.8                14.2         0.6
                    16                   Cherokee                                14.6                14.6         0.0
                    17                   Hampton                                 14.5                14.0         0.5
                                         Lee                                     14.5                14.3         0.2
                    19                   Abbeville                               13.8                13.1         0.7
                    20                   Colleton                                13.4                13.0         0.4
                                         Fairfield                               13.4                13.2         0.2
                    22                   Darlington                              13.3                13.3         0.0
                    23                   Sumter                                  13.2                13.1         0.1
                    24                   Greenwood                               12.6                12.0         0.6
                    25                   Laurens                                 12.3                12.3         0.0
                    26                   Calhoun                                 12.1                11.4         0.7
                    27                   Oconee                                  12.0                11.9         0.1
                                         Spartanburg                             12.0                11.7         0.3
                    29                   Anderson                                11.7                11.4         0.3
                                         Georgetown                              11.7                11.2         0.5
                    31                   Florence                                11.6                11.4         0.2
                    32                   Newberry                                11.5                11.0         0.5
                    33                   Kershaw                                 11.1                10.5         0.6
                    34                   Berkeley                                10.8                10.1         0.7
                                         Pickens                                 10.8                10.2         0.6
                    36                   Richland                                10.6                 9.9         0.7
                    37                   Horry                                   10.5                10.0         0.5
                    38                   Edgefield                               10.3                 9.6         0.7
                    39                   Jasper                                  10.2                10.5        -0.3
                    40                   Greenville                               9.9                 9.4         0.5
                    41                   Charleston                               9.8                 9.2         0.6
                                         Dorchester                               9.8                 8.9         0.9
                    43                   Saluda                                   9.5                 9.0         0.5
                    44                   Beaufort                                 9.1                 8.6         0.5
                    45                   Aiken                                    8.6                 8.3         0.3
                                         Lexington                                8.6                 8.2         0.4
                                   LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENT BY LABOR MARKET AREA
                                                           August-10
                                   LABOR FORCE                         UNEMPLOYMENT              % OF LABOR FORCE
                        August          July     August       August         July     August   August     July      August
AREA:                     2010         2010       2009          2010        2010       2009      2010    2010        2009

ABBEVILLE                11,039      11,011      11,407        1,518       1,442     1,783       13.8    13.1        15.6
AIKEN                    76,520      77,010      77,242        6,591       6,392     7,924        8.6     8.3        10.3
ALLENDALE                 3,382       3,386       3,469          660         644       738       19.5    19.0        21.3
ANDERSON MSA             83,759      82,860      86,233        9,834       9,443    11,276       11.7    11.4        13.1
BAMBERG                   6,529       6,556       6,576        1,102       1,066     1,114       16.9    16.3        16.9

BARNWELL                  9,317       9,313      9,450         1,630       1,555     1,723       17.5    16.7        18.2
BEAUFORT                 65,956      66,151     66,668         6,008       5,664     5,911        9.1     8.6         8.9
BERKELEY                 82,737      82,894     81,959         8,923       8,348     9,116       10.8    10.1        11.1
CALHOUN                   6,860       6,828      6,954           831         779       899       12.1    11.4        12.9
CHARLESTON              180,169     180,811    177,732        17,657      16,687    17,357        9.8     9.2         9.8

CHEROKEE                 25,160      25,226      25,992        3,663       3,690      4,259      14.6    14.6        16.4
CHESTER                  15,288      15,202      15,980        2,739       2,693      3,367      17.9    17.7        21.1
CHESTERFIELD             18,839      18,904      19,438        2,802       2,882      3,303      14.9    15.2        17.0
CLARENDON                12,990      12,883      13,140        2,007       1,891      2,045      15.5    14.7        15.6
COLLETON                 17,630      17,683      17,779        2,370       2,298      2,439      13.4    13.0        13.7

DARLINGTON               31,962      31,211      32,188        4,252       4,166      4,503      13.3    13.3        14.0
DILLON                   14,208      14,277      14,379        2,201       2,194      2,280      15.5    15.4        15.9
DORCHESTER               65,433      65,397      65,220        6,417       5,796      6,980       9.8     8.9        10.7
EDGEFIELD                11,276      11,298      11,306        1,161       1,084      1,280      10.3     9.6        11.3
FAIRFIELD                11,147      11,162      11,262        1,491       1,474      1,565      13.4    13.2        13.9

FLORENCE                 64,323      62,648     64,661         7,466       7,155     7,856       11.6    11.4        12.1
GEORGETOWN               31,582      31,745     31,697         3,689       3,566     3,747       11.7    11.2        11.8
GREENVILLE              220,194     219,755    223,696        21,815      20,721    24,042        9.9     9.4        10.7
GREENWOOD                31,200      31,261     31,840         3,932       3,752     4,254       12.6    12.0        13.4
HAMPTON                   8,030       8,047      8,152         1,165       1,129     1,239       14.5    14.0        15.2

HORRY/MYR BCH MSA       139,138     141,699    135,434        14,668      14,199    14,539       10.5    10.0        10.7
JASPER                   10,445      10,572     10,622         1,062       1,105     1,113       10.2    10.5        10.5
KERSHAW                  30,181      30,079     30,349         3,345       3,156     3,399       11.1    10.5        11.2
LANCASTER                30,192      30,091     30,988         4,890       4,817     5,512       16.2    16.0        17.8
LAURENS                  32,560      32,672     33,106         3,990       4,008     4,352       12.3    12.3        13.1

LEE                       8,543       8,535      8,661         1,237       1,222     1,333       14.5    14.3        15.4
LEXINGTON               133,254     133,050    134,008        11,491      10,891    11,728        8.6     8.2         8.8
MARION                   13,366      13,390     13,511         2,646       2,629     2,796       19.8    19.6        20.7
MARLBORO                 11,985      12,175     12,421         2,214       2,383     2,456       18.5    19.6        19.8
McCORMICK                 3,404       3,423      3,467           527         512       576       15.5    15.0        16.6

NEWBERRY                 18,389      18,385     18,624         2,113       2,021     2,255       11.5    11.0        12.1
OCONEE                   31,125      31,298     32,186         3,736       3,734     4,525       12.0    11.9        14.1
ORANGEBURG               42,105      42,327     42,585         6,823       6,660     7,105       16.2    15.7        16.7
PICKENS                  57,422      57,262     58,245         6,182       5,853     6,676       10.8    10.2        11.5
RICHLAND                182,887     182,077    183,211        19,343      18,000    18,972       10.6     9.9        10.4
SALUDA                    8,950       8,936      9,071           847         807       934        9.5     9.0        10.3

SPARTANBURG MSA         135,260     132,653    137,413        16,241      15,586    18,001       12.0    11.7        13.1
SUMTER MSA               43,561      43,181     44,536         5,752       5,645     5,961       13.2    13.1        13.4
UNION                    12,003      11,941     12,455         2,203       2,139     2,590       18.4    17.9        20.8
WILLIAMSBURG             16,263      16,228     16,349         2,399       2,307     2,461       14.8    14.2        15.1
YORK                    113,150     111,203    111,179        17,369      17,303    15,014       15.4    15.6        13.5

Multi County MSAs
CHAS MSA                328,340     329,103    324,910        32,997      30,831    33,452       10.0     9.4        10.3
COLA MSA                373,279     372,131    374,855        37,349      35,106    37,497       10.0     9.4        10.0
FLORENCE MSA             96,285      93,859     96,849        11,718      11,321    12,359       12.2    12.1        12.8
GRNV MSA                310,175     309,689    315,047        31,987      30,582    35,070       10.3     9.9        11.1

South Carolina*          2,147.4     2,142.8     2,178.3       236.6       230.3       263.2     11.0     10.7        12.1

* Seasonally Adjusted