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Jobless rate edges up in county, state
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Although remaining slightly below the state’s average, Kershaw County’s unemployment rate ticked upward at the end of 2012, reaching 8.1 percent in December compared with 7.9 percent the previous month. Since November, the number of employed workers in the county has dropped from 27,045 to 26,957 according to the latest report from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW). The local labor force -- those looking for work and those who are working -- fell off slightly as well, dropping from 29,358 to 29,328.