U.S. unemployment is up, but South Carolina's unemployment rate is down — and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) is happy about the latter.
"We have some real reasons to celebrate in South Carolina!" Gov. Haley posted on Facebook. "Our unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% — its lowest level in fifteen years, falling below the national average and more people are working than ever before in our state."
Continued Haley, "Thank you to our loyal workforce whose work ethic is second to none and to the many companies who have invested and expanded in our state! #SCPride."
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in September. South Carolina's unemployment rate dipped below the 5 percent mark for the first time since April 2001.
Charleston County had the lowest unemployment rate, coming in at 4 percent. Lexington County wasn't far behind at 4.1 percent.
You can view the Bureau of Labor Statistics report here.