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County unemployment rate improves
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Kershaw County’s unemployment rate continues to improve, dropping from 6.6 percent in March to 6.2 in April. A year ago, the county’s unemployment rate sat at 7.7 percent. Employment rose from 27,333 in March to 27,458 in April. In April 2012, the number of employed persons in Kershaw County was 27,163.

“Historically, the unemployment rate is lowest this time of year. It usually increases in the summer months so we will see what this year holds,” Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean said.

“It is a good sign for Kershaw County.”

According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, the state’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest in five years. The unemployment rate fell from 8.5 percent in March to 8 percent in April. The number of employed people statewide increase by nearly 3,000 from March to April to 1.995 million, making April the 10th consecutive monthly increase.

Nationally, the unemployment rate declined slightly to 7.5 percent.