South Carolina’s jobless rate in October fell to 10.5 percent from 10.9 percent the previous month, new figures show.

The combination of fewer job seekers and stronger employment growth led to the first September to October decline in five years, the S.C. Department of Workforce and Employment said today.

The number of unemployed workers fell by 9,611, lowering the statewide jobless count to 227,719.

The largest employment increases were in: government (+3,500 jobs); education and health services (+2,200); and trade, transportation and utilities (+2,100). Two sectors that saw decreases were leisure and hospitality (-2,200) and natural resources and mining (-100).

The national unemployment rate slipped during the same period to 9 percent from 9.1 percent.

The Charleston region’s unemployment figure fell to 8.5 percent last month from 9 percent in September.

For more details, see Wednesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.