Image by S.C. Employment Security CommissionImage by 20081121-unemployment.jpg Ted Halley, director of the S.C. Employment Security Commission, talks about the October unemployment numbers.
Hitting 8% unemployment in October, South Carolina has broken a 25-year-old record.
From the S.C. Employment Security Commission's press release:
South Carolina’s unemployment rate jumped sharply in October to 8.0%, the State Employment Security Commission reported today. This is seven-tenths of a percent above the September rate of 7.3% and is the highest rate since December 1983.
Allendale County is the worst hit with 17% unemployment. Crazy.
The good news is that Charleston County had the third-lowest unemployment in the state at 6.2%, still that's increase of 11% from September. The Charleston Metro area is at 6.5%. -- 6.5% is the latest national average of unemployment.
I know, a very happy friday to everyone out there.
Update November 22: The Post and Courier has followed up and offers some local personal accounts.