South Carolina's jobless picture brightened in October, with unemployment dropping to 10.7 percent.
Construction, which has been hammered in the economic downturn, led the rebound, adding 2,700 new jobs last month.
Manufacturing, which has been steadily adding jobs over the summer, and retail hiring, which has picked up as the holidays approach, also were strong, according to the report from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.
Director John Finan called the news encouraging and said it is a movement in the right direction.
South Carolina added 10,700 non-agricultural jobs in October, bringing the workforce to more than 2.15 million. The state's unemployment rate still is higher than the national rate, which remained unchanged at 9.6 percent. But the gap has been narrowing since the state's unemployment rate peaked in January at 12.5 percent.