South Carolina's unemployment rate has moved in the wrong direction again.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 11.1 percent in August from 10.9 percent in July, the state Department of Employment and Workforce said today.

The labor force — employed workers and unemployed people actively seeking work — increased for the fourth consecutive month, rising to more than 2.16 million. Of those, 1,92 million were employed in August, down slightly from July.

"Over the past several months, employment levels have continued to decrease while unemployment levels have increased, thus driving the unemployment rate higher," the department said in a statement.

The jobless figure for the Charleston region rose slightly to 9.6 percent from 9.5 percent.

"Although the state's unemployment rate rose in August, South Carolinians should not be discouraged as we have seen the initial claims for unemployment and the duration of benefits paid decrease," said Abraham Turner, the Department of Employment and Workforce's executive director Abraham Turner. "We are aware through jobs announcements that businesses are coming to the state; therefore, I have made job training my top priority to ensure South Carolina has a skilled and well-trained workforce to offer those businesses."

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