Anderson County unemployment at 5.1%

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Anderson County added almost 700 jobs during October, according to numbers released today by the SC Department of Employment and Workforce. The number of employed residents was measured at 84,403, with the unemployment dipping to 5.1% from the 5.3% observed in September. Anderson County has the sixth-lowest unemployment rate in South Carolina. In October of 2014, the unemployment rate was 6.1% and 2,500 fewer people were employed.

“Obviously, we’re pleased to see our numbers continue to go in the right direction”, said County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “The County Administration and staff continues to implement our aggressive economic development recruitment strategy, and I’m glad to see that no one has a sense that we’re doing ‘good enough’”.

The number of unemployed residents dropped by almost 150 (4,476 in October versus 4,620 in September), and the labor force added a total of 543 during the month, rising to a total of 88,519.