South Carolina reports strong employment numbers for June

The Palmetto State’s employment situation remained strong through June.

The monthly survey of businesses in South Carolina marked an estimated increase of 6,200 non-farm payroll jobs over the month, according to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW).

The most jobs were added in government with the sector gaining about 3,700 new workers on the net.

Leisure and hospitality shed the most, losing about 1,400 jobs.

Since June 2022, employers have added nearly 63,000 workers to payrolls, or a 2.8% increase year over year.

What’s more, the state’s estimated labor force rate — that’s people working plus unemployed people looking for work — rate grew from 56.5% in May to 56.7% in June.

Department of Employment and Workforce executive director William Floyd said employment opportunities are heating up across the state and DEW is ready to assist employers.

“For our existing and new employers of all sizes, for example, DEW can develop Individual Employer Plans (IEPs). These customized recruitment plans may include creating an account in the SC Works Online Services system, vetting resumes, virtual or in-person job fairs and hiring events, social media, targeted marketing campaigns, direct referrals, and more. DEW representatives and leadership work with employers to customize strategies to meet their needs, whether short-term or long-term,” stated Floyd.

The June unemployment rate came in at 3.1%, the same as May, but about two tenths of a percent higher than the pre-pandemic record set in February 2020.

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