MARION, S.C. — The unemployment rate for Marion County hit a record low in September.

According to preliminary information provided by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, the county’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month was 2.7%. The rate is below the United States average of 3.5% for the month.

Marion County’s unemployment rate was the 11th highest in the state.

Marion County’s rate is down from 4.3% in August and from 5.4% in Sept. 2018.

Nearly a decade ago, the county’s unemployment rate was as high as 21.3%.

Florence County has the lowest unemployment rate of any county in the six-county Pee Dee region. Its September rate was 1.9%, just below the state’s average of 1.8%.

Florence County has the 20th lowest unemployment rate according to the data.

In August, Florence County had an unemployment rate of 3.0%. The rate was 3.5% in September 2018.

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates in the state are Charleston (1.4%) and Lexington, Jasper Greenville and Dorchester Counties (1.5%).

Darlington County had the next lowest unemployment rate in September at 2.3%, the 14th highest unemployment rate in the state.

Dillon County had an unemployment rate of 2.7%, the 10th highest in the state.

Marlboro County had an unemployment rate of 2.8%, the 8th highest in the state.

Williamsburg County had an unemployment rate of 2.9%, the 7th highest in the state.

The three counties with the highest unemployment rate are Bamberg (4.3%), Allendale (3.8%), and Orangeburg (3.7%).

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Government and Poltics Reporter

I cover the city of Florence, the county of Florence, the state legislative delegation of Florence County and surrounding areas, and the federal delegation representing the Pee Dee for the Morning News.

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