Anderson County unemployment now more than 12 percent

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Anderson County, along with Greenville, Spartanburg, Charleston, York, and 14 other counties in South Carolina, posted unemployment rates of 12% or higher for the month of April, according to a report released by the SC Department of Employment and Workforce. Anderson County unemployment was at 1.7 percent in fall of 2019.
“These numbers demonstrate the real-life impacts the pandemic has had on our citizens—it is a tangible reality that affects the lives of our friends and neighbors” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn.  “Fortunately, the county’s economic development efforts over the past decade appear to have yielded a stable manufacturing base upon which we can build a recovery.  I am hopeful that these industry payrolls will generate enough economic activity to help sustain our local small businesses until our nation can re-establish some semblance of normalcy.  We will redouble our efforts and do all we can as a community to help us all through these troubling times.”
Anderson County’s rate was reported as 12.6%, with 11,747 persons unemployed.  The statewide seasonally-adjusted rate was reported at 12.1%