After several months of little or no change, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August.
Nationally, the September unemployment rate had a slight increase to 7.3 percent from August's estimate of 7.2 percent.
"This is great news for South Carolinians because the last time the statewide rate was below 8.0 percent was in September 2008," said SC Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Cheryl M. Stanton. "As South Carolina's economy continues to recover, DEW is committed to continuing to match job seekers with available jobs and get all South Carolinians good jobs."
"With over 39,000 jobs created and over $9.6 billion in new investment it's clear that our economic development efforts are building momentum. South Carolina's unemployment rate is now at a five year low but we want it even lower and will continue doing everything possible to make that happen," said Governor Nikki Haley.
The information was originally set for release Oct. 21. But the numbers were delayed due to the federal government shutdown, which included a temporary closure of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.