COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the first week of economic disruption from the coronavirus, more than 31,000 people said they lost their jobs in South Carolina.
The state Thursday released unemployment claims for the week ending March 21.
If all claims were approved, the number of people without a job in South Carolina would climb 55% from the January unemployment figures when the state jobless rate was 2.4%.
The sharpest increases in jobless claims last week came from Horry County and Charleston County.
Also Thursday, councils on Hilton Head Island and Columbia are meeting about stay-at-home orders that could put more pressure on the governor to issue one statewide.