Anderson County unemployment rate drops to 3.8 percent

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Anderson County’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8% in March as 548 county residents found employment during the month, according to the latest statewide labor force report issued by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. The report also showed that employment increased from 85,252 in March of 2016 to 86,582 in March 2017.

“Anderson County added around 550 jobs in the last month more than 1,300 over the past 12 months, which I’m very happy to see,” said County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “But no matter how good things may be now, we will continue to seek and recruit economic development opportunities to ensure we remain in good shape regardless of what economic conditions may arise in the future.”
The numbers for Anderson County also showed a net increase in labor force participation of 173 during the month. Statewide, labor force participation increased by less than one-half of one percent.
The 3.8% unemployment rate puts Anderson County tied with Spartanburg and Saluda counties for 9th lowest among counties in South Carolina.