Governor Nikki Haley and South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Director John Finan today announced, during a press conference held at Nuttall Tire in Columbia, that South Carolina's unemployment rate has dropped to 9.9 percent, the lowest rate the state has seen since an all time high of 11.8 percent in 2009.
Today's announcement marked the third straight month the rate has fallen since Gov. Haley took office. The unemployment rate dropped in each of South Carolina's 46 counties.
Gov. Haley said, "This is an absolute reason to celebrate. We finally hit single digits in unemployment, and I will tell you that this didn't happen by accident. We have a group that is working hard every day trying to find what we can do to keep our companies healthy and what we need to be doing on workforce training. I am on the phone every single day with companies -- and I will tell you companies want to come. And they want to come because we're a great state to work in and competitive by nature."