Anderson County unemployment rate drops to 3.3 percent


Anderson County’s unemployment rate dropped in April to 3.3% from 3.8% in March, according to the latest statewide labor force report issued by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.
In the last 12 months, employment gains in Anderson County totaled 979. The number of unemployed county residents dropped by 848.
“We did as well as most counties in the state did this past month, maybe a little better” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “But I’m not overly satisfied with the numbers. I think we need to focus on making sure, we have a local economy with a base broad enough to offset seasonal shifts in certain economic sectors.”
The numbers for Anderson County, as with most other non-tourism-reliant counties in the state, showed declines in labor force participation and total number of persons employed. The declines observed statewide are generally attributed to seasonal factors that affected the Professional & Business Services, Education & Health Services, Manufacturing, and Information industry sectors.
Anderson County’s 3.3% unemployment rate ties it for sixth among counties statewide. Anderson trails only Greenville among all Upstate counties, which had a 3.1% unemployment rate in April.
The April 2017 Employment Situation report for all South Carolina counties can be accessed at the following link—’s-employment-situation-for-april-2017
Number of Employed Persons in
Selected Upstate S.C. Counties, March-April 2017
County # Employed
March 2017 April 2017 Change
Anderson 86,612 86,447 (165)
Cherokee 22,745 22,565 (180)
Greenville 239,179 238,654 (525)
Oconee 33,392 33,221 (171)
Pickens 54,676 54,570 (106)
Spartanburg 140,176 139,701 (475)