South Carolina's employment reached an all-time high at the end of 2013, according to new information released today.
The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce reported that the number of employed in December was 2,025,887, which was up 3,035 compared to state's previous high of 2,022,852 in November 2013.
The state agency said The Palmetto State's employment level exceeded the two-million mark in November 2012 and remained above that throughout 2013. The last time employment exceeded two-million was in July 2008.
Gov. Nikki Haley said the growth of jobs in due in-part to the state's recruitment of businesses.
"This is a real testament to our ever growing business community and world-class workforce and we couldn't be more excited to keep these jobs coming in and getting every person in our state back to work," Haley said in a written statement.
South Carolina's ended 2013 with an employment rate of 6.6 percent. December was the fist month since January 2001 that the Palmetto State's jobless figure has been lower than the U.S. rate. The national average for December was 6.7 percent.
South Carolina's employment figures for January will be released on March 17.