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Pee Dee initial unemployment claims rising again

Pee Dee initial unemployment claims rising again

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FLORENCE, S.C. — The number of initial unemployment claims rose in every county in the six-county Pee Dee region between May 31 and June 6. 

In Florence County, 838 people made initial unemployment claims last week. This is the highest number of initial claims since the week ending May 9 when 865 people made initial claims. The 838 filers also mark the first increase in the number of claimants since April 11 when a peak of 2,168 people filed. Overall, 14,219 people have filed initial unemployment claims in Florence County since mid-March. 

Neighboring Darlington County saw 571 people make initial claims, the highest number since April 25 when 719 people made initial claims. This is also the first increase in the number of filers since April 11 when the county hit a peak of 1,084 filers. Overall, 6,700 people have filed initial unemployment claims in Darlington County since mid-March. 

Marion County, the easternmost county in the region, saw its first increase in two weeks as 279 people filed initial claims last week. This is the highest number of initial claims in Marion County since May 2 when 298 people filed. Overall, 3,367 people have filed initial unemployment claims in Marion County since mid-March. 

In Williamsburg County, 216 people filed initial claims last week. This is the highest number of initial claims since the week ending May 2 when 281 people filed. This is also the first increase in the number of claims since April 18. Overall, 2,785 people have filed initial unemployment claims in Williamsburg County since mid-March. 

Dillon County saw 207 initial claims made last week. This is the number of initial claims since May 9 when 217 claims were made. This is the first increase for the county since May 23 when 143 people filed as compared to 125 people the week prior. Overall, 2,398 people have filed initial unemployment claims in Dillon County since mid-March. 

And in Marlboro County 314 people filed claims last week. This is the highest number of filers since April 18 when 368 people filed. It also marks the first increase since May 23 when 146 people filed as compared to 136 the week prior. Overall, 2,817 people have filed initial unemployment claims in Marlboro County since mid-March. 

The state saw an 22,734 people file initial claims last week, the first increase since April 11 when 87,686 people filed initial claims. 

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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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