The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was unchanged at 3.3 percent from October’s estimate, according to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.
The seasonally adjusted, monthly survey of households estimated the number of South Carolinians working decreased to 2,302,601.
That is a decrease of 5,296 people from the October estimate, but an increase of 16,652 people over the November 2021 estimate.
The estimate of unemployed people decreased to 78,153. That is a decrease of 406 people from October’s estimate and a decrease of 7,014 from the November 2021 estimate.
Nationally, the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent from October’s estimate, according to the Current Population Survey.
The state’s estimated labor force (people working plus unemployed people looking for work) decreased to 2,380,754 from October’s level of 2,386,456.
That is a decrease of 5,702 people from the October estimate, but an increase of 9,638 individuals over the November 2021 estimate.
“South Carolina is still enjoying record low unemployment at 3.3 percent. However, the state’s labor force participation rate of 56.4 percent continues to have our agency’s attention,” said S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey.
“Despite the low unemployment rate, SC Works Online Services has approximately 100,000 jobs posted,” Ellzey added. “Opportunities are available in manufacturing, construction, retail, transportation, warehousing, hospitality, restaurants, healthcare, business, I.T., and more.
"Hourly wages continue to rise, with increases of 3 percent since January and 13.7 percent since the start of the pandemic, and many businesses are willing to train on the job.”