Charleston County's unemployment rate for the month of November. The figure was a drop from 8 percent in October, and it was well below the state average of 9.9 percent and the national average of 8.6 percent. Statewide, unemployment was up by 30,700 from the same time last year. Source: S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
The number of people who applied for 140 available positions at Boeing's new interior fabrication facility, which opened in North Charleston Dec. 1. That's 357 people applying for each job. Source: ABC News 4
The number of suspicious house fires on the peninsula in 2011. There have been 86 since 2000. The City of Charleston is offering a $50,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist(s) responsible. Source: The Post and Courier
The number of people served annually at Crisis Ministries. That figure could increase in coming years once the homeless shelter's facilities have been upgraded to include an additional 26 transitional beds for male veterans. Want to make a donation to help Crisis Ministries reach its $6 million fundraising goal? Visit crisisministries.org.
The median sales price for Charleston homes from September through November. That figure is down $21,000 from a year ago. The median sales price was $119,750 in North Charleston, $275,000 in Mt. Pleasant, $462,750 on Folly Beach, and $1.3 million on Sullivans Island. Source: trulia.com
The number of child molestation charges faced by teacher and coach Louis Neal "Skip" ReVille, who was arrested in Mt. Pleasant in late October. Investigations are ongoing in Charleston, Summerville, and Hanahan.
The number of people who voted in the Charleston mayoral election in November, out of a total voting-age population of about 98,000. That's a turnout rate of 16 percent. For reference, the 2008 presidential election had a turnout rate of 63 percent — the highest since 1960. Source: Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration
Charleston County School District's on-time graduation rate for 2011, up from 67 percent in 2010. The district also received its first-ever overall rating of "Good" on its 2011 report card from the S.C. Department of Education.
Ridership on the CARTA bus system for 2011, tabulated through November. The figure is up about 3.6 percent from last year.