Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina's unemployment rate has dipped below 8 percent for the first time in over five years.
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday afternoon the rate for September was 7.9 percent, down from 8.1 percent in August.
The national unemployment rate is 7.3 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 in a statement. "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."
More detailed statistics about the jobless data are expected on Monday.