Democrats blast governor on jobs

State senators John Matthews, left (D-Bowman) and Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) talk to reporters Monday about the unemployment rate.

ORANGEBURG (WACH) - A pair of state senators criticizing Governor Nikki Haley for the state's high unemployment rate . Numbers from July show the state slipped from 10.5 percent unemployment to 10.9 percent.

"If she would spend as much time booking herself on national media talk shows, working for the people of South Carolina, we might see some improvement," said State Senator Brad Hutto, of the governor's frequent appearances on national TV.

Fellow senator John Matthews said the governor is not doing enough to create jobs along the I-95 corridor.

"The governor remains focused on business recruitment, workforce training, and doing whatever it takes to bring down the unemployment number and put South Carolinians back to work," said Haley Spokesman Rob Godfrey.

South Carolina's unemployment rate is the third highest in the nation, behind Nevada and California.