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      AP: Senate candidate Greene fuzzy on some facts

      U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene says he's frustrated by South Carolina's bottom-of-the-barrel employment and education rankings.

      U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene says he's frustrated by South Carolina's bottom-of-the-barrel employment and education rankings.

      But an analysis by The Associated Press shows that Greene's claims don't always match up with the facts.

      Greene won a surprise victory June 8 in his triumph over a former state lawmaker in the Democratic primary.

      In his first campaign speech Sunday, Greene said more people are unemployed in South Carolina than ever before. The state's jobless rate peaked in January at 12.6 percent, but that number has steadily declined since and is now 11 percent.

      Greene also said the state spends twice as much on inmates as on students. The state does spend more on inmates, but the $16,300 figure is far from twice the $11,300 spent on each student.

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