By JEFFREY COLLINS
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina's unemployment rate has dropped for a ninth straight month.
The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday the state's jobless rate was 8.8% in April, down from 8.9% the month before.
The state added 13,500 jobs last month, with most coming in the leisure and hospitality industries. The only sector to see a decrease in jobs was government.
South Carolina's unemployment rate peaked in January 2010 at 12.5%, and the 8.8% rate in April was the lowest in more than three years. The jobless rate in the state was 9.8% in April 2011.
Marion County maintained the state's highest unemployment rate at 16.8%, while Greenville County had the lowest rate at 7%.