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SC employment reaches high as population rises

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley's administration says South Carolina's employment reached an all-time high in December, but the numbers don't take into account the state's growing population.

The state Department of Employment and Workforce on Monday called 2013 a banner year for employment, with nearly 2,026,000 people employed in December. The agency notes the state surpassed 2 million people employed in November 2012 and has remained above that since. Haley credits her administration's job recruitment efforts to the all-time high.

But while the jobless rate has declined over the last few years to 6.6 percent, the state's all-time low was 3.2 percent set in 1998. That's because more jobs are needed for more people.

The Census estimates that South Carolina grew by more than 51,400 people just from 2012 to 2013.

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