South Carolina's unemployment rate dropped below 10 percent for the first time in more than two years in March.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on its website Tuesday that South Carolina's jobless rate was 9.9 percent in March, compared with 10.2 percent in February. The national unemployment rate was 8.8 percent for March.

The last time South Carolina's rate was less than 10 percent was in December 2008, at 8.8 percent.

Overall, there were 24,300 more jobs in South Carolina in March compared with the year before, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Gov. Nikki Haley and state Department of Employment and Workforce head John Finan plan to release details about the unemployment rate at 2 p.m. news conference today.

The state's jobless rate is normally released at 9 a.m., but Haley organized a special press conference to hail the latest unemployment news.

Read more in tomorrow's editions of The Post and Courier.