By FITSNews || South Carolina’s unemployment rate held steady at a record 12.5 percent in February – the same as January’s revised figure and the fifth straight month that the figure has topped the 12 percent mark.
South Carolina’s rate also remained the fourth-highest in the nation.
According to data released by the embattled S.C. Employment Security Commission, the state’s unemployment rolls shrank by just over 1,000 workers in February, although that figure was aided by the addition of 2,500 government positions.
Over 114,000 South Carolinians have lost their jobs since the beginning of the “Great Recession” in December 2007, although government has added positions over that time period. In fact, over 6,000 government jobs have been added in the last year alone.
February 2010 S.C. Unemployment Data