After five months of reported job losses, South Carolina’s construction industry showed the highest gains of any sector from May to June. 

About 1,300 construction jobs were added, accounting for more than half of the net job gains statewide. That growth pushed the sector to a 0.9% increase in construction employment compared to the same month last year. 

That discrepancy might be due to the processes used to reach the year-to-year figures rather than changes in the industry itself, said Laura Ullrich, a regional economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.  

Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a notice cautioning that some changes in the way South Carolina collects its employment data had required that the BLS use some estimates for

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