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South Carolina September unemployment falls to 5.6 percent, lowest level since June 2007


COLUMBIA, South Carolina — South Carolina's unemployment rate has fallen for the fifth month in a row.

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that the state's jobless rate was at 5.6 percent in October. That's a tenth of a percentage point down from its 5.7 percent mark in September.

The new rate also represents South Carolina's lowest unemployment since June 2007. Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped from 5.1 percent to 5.0 percent.

In October, the number of employed South Carolinians increased by more than 7,800 to a record level of more than 2.1 million.

Workforce officials say the professional and business services sector added 6,700 jobs over the last month. Education and health services grew by 2,700 positions.

Compared to a year ago, seasonally adjusted, nonfarm jobs were up 57,100.

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