COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in September.
The state's jobless rate was 8.1 percent in August, which was unchanged from the previous month.
The Department of Employment and Workforce had been scheduled to release jobless figures Friday afternoon, three weeks after the original release date of 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.
Late Friday afternoon, state officials said there had been another delay with the national numbers.
DEW Executive Director Cheryl M. Stanton called the September jobless rate good news. She said the last time South Carolina's unemployment rate was below 8 percent was in September 2008.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.