South Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped .5 percent in October to 8.6 percent.

The state Department of Employment and Workforce reported today that the number of people unemployed decreased over the month by 10,814 to 183,024, while the number of those with jobs climbed by 14,705 to 1.95 million.

Nationally, the rate rose slightly to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September as more people re-entered the labor force.

In the Charleston metro area, joblessness fell to 6.7 percent from 6.8 percent in September. Last year, the region’s jobless rate was 8.3 percent.

Charleston County’s jobless rate held steady at 6.5 percent last month as did Dorchester County’s rate of 6.7 percent. Berkeley County’s rate rose slightly to 7.4 percent from 7.3 percent in September.

Read more in Wednesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.