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June Employment Numbers: Total Employment Falls, Local Government Hiring Continues to Grow

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A shrinking labor force and increased government hiring are making the job numbers look better than they really are, according to a new policy brief from the South Carolina Policy Council.

Despite a decline in the state unemployment rate from May to June (11.1 percent to 10.7 percent)—something typically viewed as a good thing—there were fewer people actually employed in June than in May. As of June 2010, there were 1,919,404 persons employed in South Carolina, compared to 1,920,479 as of May.

Workers who have dropped off the unemployment rolls are not included in unemployment figures. The pool of potential workers (i.e., those looking for work) shrank once again from May to June 2010—from 2,159,200 to 2,149,600—a contraction of 9,600 persons.

While private sector employment is shrinking, total public sector employment in South Carolina increased 2.27 percent from January to June 2010:

  • Federal: 15.5 percent increase (31,500 to 36,400)
  • State: 1.71 percent decrease (99,000 to 97,300)
  • Local: 2.16 percent increase (221,900 to 226,700) 

Since the beginning of the recession in December 2007, private sector employment in South Carolina has declined by 124,100 jobs, or 7.71 percent. By comparison, public sector employment has increased by 19,600 jobs, or 5.75 percent.

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Written by Robert Appel

July 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm

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  1. […] they were no long counted … even though they’re still unemployed. But worse is that as the private sector has shed jobs as government expanded: A shrinking labor force and increased government hiring are making the job numbers look better […]


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