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Pee Dee initial jobless claims fall

Pee Dee initial jobless claims fall

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FLORENCE, S.C. — Four of the six counties in the Pee Dee region last week posted the lowest number of initial unemployment claims since mid-March. 

The latest information provided by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce indicates that Florence, Darlington, Marion, and Marlboro saw the number of initial jobless claims filed last week at or below the number of initial claims filed during the week of March 15-21 when shutdowns were enacted to slow spread of COVID-19. 

In Florence County, 442 people filed initial claims. This is the first time since the week ending March 21 that number has been below 553 initial claims. Overall, 17,805 people have filed initial unemployment claims in Florence County since March 15. 

In neighboring Darlington County, 213 people filed initial claims. Last week was only the fourth week Darlington posted initial filings below 300. Overall, 8,532 people have filed initial claims in Darlington since March 15. 

Marion County, the easternmost county in the Pee Dee region, had 148 of its residents file initial claims last week. This is lowest number since the week ending March 21 when 125 people filed initial claims. Last week was also the third of the previous four weeks that Marion County posted unemployment numbers below 200. Overall, 4,612 people have filed initial unemployment claims in Marion County since March 15. 

And in Marlboro County, 81 people filed initial claims for unemployment last week. Last week was the third week since March 15 that the county has posted unemployment numbers below 100. Overall, 3,428 people have filed initial claims in Marlboro County since March 15. 

Williamsburg County saw 132 people file initial claims last week, the lowest number of initial claims filed since May 30 (104). Overall, Williamsburg County has seen 3,721 of its residents make initial unemployment claims. 

And in Dillon County, 150 people made initial claims last week, the lowest number of initial claims since the week ending June 27 when 141 people filed initial claims. 

Statewide, 14,436 people filed initial unemployment claims, the lowest number since at least March 15. Overall, 685,425 people in the state have filed for initial unemployment claims since March 15. 

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Government and Politics Reporter

I cover the city of Florence, the county of Florence, the state legislative delegation of Florence County and surrounding areas, and the federal delegation representing the Pee Dee for the Morning News.

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FLORENCE, S.C. — Florence County recorded the lowest number of initial unemployment claims since mid-March last week. During the week ending Aug. 1, 300 of Florence County's residents made initial unemployment claims which is the lowest number since the shutdowns were implemented to prevent a level of spread of COVID-19 that would overwhelm local hospitals. The previous low was 442 claims made during the week ending July 18. Overall, 18,558 Florence County residents have made initial unemployment claims since March 15. 

FLORENCE, S.C. — The number of weekly initial unemployment claims continues to fall in the Pee Dee region. Each of the six counties in the region had their lowest number of initial claims during the week ending Aug. 8 according to the latest information released by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Thursday morning.

FLORENCE, S.C. — Three of the six counties in the Pee Dee region posted their lowest number of unemployment claims since the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdowns in mid-March last week. Florence, Darlington, and Williamsburg Counties set new lows in the number of initial unemployment claims during the week ending Aug. 29 according to the latest data released by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Thursday morning. 

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