Unemployment map

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce released this map of unemployment claims on Thursday.

Horry County led the state in unemployment claims last week, according to data release Thursday by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

Fueled by the economic slowdown from the coronavirus crisis, 5,258 people sought unemployment benefits in the county. Charleston County had the second highest total with 4,183 and Greenville County was third with 3,265. Those numbers indicate people who filed claims, not those who have been approved.

Statewide, the number of unemployment claims jumped by 1,600% from the previous week, according to the state's figures.

“There’s no question this is all we needed to put us into recession,” Coastal Carolina University research economist Rob Salvino told myhorrynews.com last week. “It’s almost like a green fog of recession. … I’ve never experienced anything like this. I mean, 2008 and 2009 was one thing, but this is just a different type of feeling that really does touch every single person.”

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Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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