Horry County led the state in job creation in April, driving down the unemployment rate to 5.5 percent or one full point, according to figures from the state Department of Employment and Welfare.
Horry added 7,600 jobs during the month, a leap of 6.52 percent in overall employment as the total workforce climbed by more than 5,000 people and the number of unemployed dropped by nearly 1,000.
Statewide, 19,000 jobs were added during April and the unemployment rate dropped 0.2 points from March to 5.3 percent.
Georgetown’s April unemployment rate matched the state, a drop from 6 percent for Georgetown County in March.
The Columbia metropolitan area, which includes Richland and Lexington counties, posted the second largest gain in S.C. with 4,100 new jobs in April. Charleston metro, including Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties, came in third with 3,700 new jobs for the month.
The Myrtle Beach metropolitan statistical area includes just Horry County in the DEW statistics.