By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina's jobless rate held fast at 9.6% in August.
The Department of Employment and Workforce says the number remained essentially the same as the rate for July.
The July rate had inched up from a 9.4% rate in June. May's rate of 9.1% was the first time the state's unemployment had gone up in 10 months.