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SC unemployment rises to 5.7 percent

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By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's unemployment has risen nearly half a percentage point after three straight months without change.

The Department of Employment and Workforce said Monday that the state's jobless rate rose to 5.7 percent last month. That's up from 5.3 percent, which had been South Carolina's unemployment rate since April.

Over the last month, jobs in professional and business services and education and health services went down by 5,500. Leisure and hospitality jobs, along with construction jobs, were up by 1,600.

Unemployment in July went up in all of South Carolina's 46 counties and was highest in Bamberg County, at 12.1 percent.

National unemployment went up slightly in July, from 6.1 percent to 6.2 percent.

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