South Carolina’s jobless report for September is being delayed due to insufficient data during the federal government shutdown, officials said.

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce delayed today’s release of the state’s jobless report due to no access to some federal government data during the two-week shutdown.

“The temporary closure of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics limits DEW’s ability to acquire the national and contiguous state data necessary for calculating and issuing South Carolina’s September employment situation report originally scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 21,” according to a statement on the agency’s website.

The state agency should know later this week when the September unemployment report can be released, said spokeswoman Adrienne Fairwell.

The data comes after August resulted in no change of the state’s 8.1 percent from July.

The federal government today reported that the nation’s unemployment rate dropped to a five-year low of 7.2 percent in September.

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