S.C. unemployment numbers fall slightly

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COLUMBIA (WACH, AP) -- South Carolina's unemployment rate has dropped slightly from 11.1 percent in August to 11.0 percent in September.

The 0.1 percent drop snaps the state's four month consecutive streak in which the unemployment rate rose.

South Carolina is still well above the national unemployment rate, which remains unchanged at 9.1 percent.

The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday the 0.1 percent decline from August ends four months of increases in the jobless rate.

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Marion County still had the state's highest unemployment rate at 19.8 percent in September, while Lexington County had the lowest jobless rate at 8 percent.

Here's how the rest of the counties across the Midlands fared:

County Unemployment Rate Orangeburg 15.9% Clarendon 15.5% Lee 14.0% Calhoun 13.6% Fairfield 12.2% Sumter 11.5% Newberry 10.5% Kershaw 9.8% Aiken 9.6% Richland 9.6% Saluda County 8.6% Lexington 8.1%

Click here for the full report from SC DEW.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)