An increase in manufacturing staffing contributed to the decline in South Carolina's unemployment rate from 10.9 percent to 10.5 percent in October, according to The Associated Press.
The news source reports manufacturing employment grew by 600 jobs from September to October, and the number of positions has climbed 10,800 over the past year.
Abraham Turner, executive director of the state's jobless agency, said in a recent release that federal assistance was helping to stimulate manufacturing and a number of other industries in South Carolina.
"South Carolina recently received roughly $20 million in workforce development grants from the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education to be used for retraining unemployed citizens in emerging industries, such as industrial maintenance and manufacturing, engineering, and transportation," Turner explained.
Manufacturing staffing is also likely to receive a boost from the recent announcement that an armored vehicle maker is planning to expand in Charleston County, bringing more than 50 new positions over the next three years, according to the Times and Democrat.