OC’s Unemployment down to 3.5%
More people are working in Oconee County now than any time in the past decade. According to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, Oconee County’s unemployment rate is 3.5% for April 2017. Conversely, in April 2016, Oconee County’s unemployment rate stood at 4.8%. Just last month it stood at 4%, so, the unemployment rate has dropped by 1.3% in the last twelve months and the largest drop out of the three counties of Anderson, Oconee and Pickens in that time span. Oconee Economic Alliance executive director Richard Blackwell is very pleased with the news that more people are working in the county. “Yeah, this is a tremendous day to see the unemployment rate at a record low. It hasn’t been this low since January of 2001. Certainly a great testament to the community, to the growth, to all of the things that are happening. So, we are tickled to see this news today and excited for what the future holds.” Oconee County’s unemployment rate has not been this low since January of 2001, when it stood at 3.8%.