Perspective: WIS editorial on SC unemployment by general manager Donita Todd

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The latest jobless figures show the monthly unemployment rate in South Carolina is down. But so was the number of total available jobs last month.  And that's something we need to fix.

Our state's unemployment rate is now  10.7 percent, down from 11.1 percent in May.  But our workforce also shrank four months in a row.   Unemployed workers are just dropping out of the labor force.  And that's no way to end a recession!

But here are some suggestions.  Small businesses account for 3/4ths of all new jobs since the 1980s.  So public policies -- and we as consumers -- should do what it takes to support small business.  I recommend that we support small, independent businesses with our business. And second, when we vote, cast votes for the candidates of whatever party makes helping small business a top priority.

Prosperous small businesses lead to increased demand for goods and more job growth for both the small businesses and their suppliers.  Even the warring factions in Congress should be able to agree on those economics.

That's my perspective.  I'd like to know what you think.

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