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S.C. Unemployment Dips to Three-Year Low

December unemployment numbers in state falls to 9.5 percent.

Last year may have had some low points, but it finished on a high as far as lowered unemployment numbers, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

The state's unemployment numbers , but by October, . 

According to the department, the unemployment numbers dropped .4 percent in December, making it now 9.5 percent statewide. It is the lowest rate since December 2008 when unemployment stood at 9.2 percent.

“We are working every day to bring jobs to South Carolina, and today’s news of another drop in the unemployment rate is welcome," said Gov. Nikki Haley. "But we still have much work to do. We won’t stop until everyone in South Carolina who wants a job has a job.”

The national unemployment rate saw a decrease from 8.7 percent in November to 8.5 percent in December.

Counties experiencing a drop in unemployment include Bamberg, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Abbeville, Jasper and Anderson.

Charleston and Greeville counties unemployment numbers remained unchanged from November to December. 

Dorchester, Pickens, Richland, Spartanburg, Berkeley and Lexington counties were among the counties that experienced a rise in unemployment numbers. 

Mimi January 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM
People are still unemployeed they are just dropping off of unemployment benefits. To think that our dimwitt Governor somehow wants to tout success over nonsense only proves the total disconnect this woman has to our State. This woman is a disaster through and through. The only thing the state can hope for is she will get recalled and 2012 will bring in new legistrators for the state that care about its people instead of their own pocket.
Maureen Ahearn January 25, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Amen, mimi
Tallron 47 January 25, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Welcome to the O-conomy. Entrepenurs will not risk their capital to start a new small business venture when the Marxist in the White House has a bullseye drawn on anyone sucessful. To blame any state governor R or D for the lack of jobs is the refuge of the Parasitocracy who wants to stay home and watch TV while we dumb producres actually go to work.
ScooterTwo January 25, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Oh, CRAP on your negative about Obama and the economy. Look at the facts and numbers - there is no BUSINESS out there because of the low unemployment and low wages and people are not spending money. Companies will expand and hire when people (and corporations acting as businesses and not acting as people to influence politics) start spending again. Only when the economy improves will some of this RECORD AMOUNT OF CASH held by corporations actually create some jobs. Here is a funny one for you: Rich people actually do better when the economy is better. But what better time to get more tax breaks than when taxes (and regulation) can be blamed so easily? Mitt pays 13.9% of his income on taxes? What do you pay, Mr. T? Plus, look at this new initiative on the part of our cute governor to more negatively impact unions. Nikki Haley says, "We won’t stop until everyone in South Carolina who wants a job has a job.” What she means is 2 jobs, because that is what it will take to have a house and a car and food and medicine in a minimum wage economy. What if some of the money spent on Political Ads were spent on creating a few jobs? Money for business expansion and jobs is out there. The INCENTIVE to create jobs does not exist. Bet Mr. T has a job, medical coverage, a car and food on the table. Many in this environment don't. Where unemployment used to be 3 or 4 weeks, it is now over 40 weeks. Yeah, everyone in that 9 or 20% un- or under-employed is lazy.
ScooterTwo January 25, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Addendum: I own a small business and support 4 households. Been in business 27 years now, too. Repugnicans ran on job creation. Now they run on Lower Taxes. Mitt talks about 47% not paying taxes, conveniently forgetting that we all pay taxes on everything all the time, from food to drink to phones to TV to automobiles or housing or whatever. The American Dream at the moment is to have reasonable access to food, medicine, and housing. The dream of becoming rich is a statistical improbability -- and the facts prove it. Got data? Or just some beliefs as to how things work?
ScooterTwo January 25, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Obama Risks Alienating Republicans By Using Facts - Radical Tactic Sparks Outrage WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) – In what some critics are calling the most radial tactic ever employed in a State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama risked alienating congressional Republicans last night by repeatedly using facts. Mr. Obama stirred controversy throughout the speech with his relentless references to facts, data, and things that have actually happened, all long considered the third rail of American politics. As the President made reference to tax rates and unemployment numbers, as well as sixteen separate mentions of Osama bin Laden, congressional Republicans’ blood began to boil. After the speech, a furious Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters, “It’s been a longstanding tradition in our politics not to use facts in a State of the Union Address, a tradition the President chose to ignore in an outrageous way tonight. I won’t stand for it and the American people won’t stand for it.” “We want to work with the President for the good of the American people,” added House Speaker John Boehner. “But he’s going to have to take facts off the table. That’s a deal-breaker for us.” The President did not mention any of his GOP presidential rivals by name in his speech, but at one point said that government should be “leaner,” a blatant jab at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
ScooterTwo January 25, 2012 at 04:02 PM
The former was a spoof, with a real sense of reality. Here is some reality: The new documentary Finding North premiering here at the Sundance Film Festival exposes how one in every four American children suffers from hunger, despite living in the wealthiest nation in the world, and nearly 30 percent of American families, more than 49 million people, often go without meals. While Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich decries President Obama as "the food stamp president," author Raj Patel says what is really needed is a conversation about poverty and why the need for food stamps is so high. The FACTS on these people who "choose" to be on food stamps and at home watching TV, as some people say, is a bit different when one looks at the numbers. Remember when women and blacks were prevented from voting? Same kinds of belief systems were operating.

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