COLUMBIA — State officials are hoping the latest unemployment numbers in South Carolina can start a new streak.

The Department of Employment and Workforce today is slated to release the state’s jobless numbers for October.

In September, South Carolina’s unemployment rate fell to 11 percent, ending four months of increases. Still, that number was the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the nation behind Nevada, California, Michigan and the District of Columbia.

The national rate was 9.1 percent in September.

Last week, the national number of people filing for unemployment benefits for the first time each week fell to 388,000, its lowest point since April. The four-week average, which economists check because it smooths out the week-to-week fluctuations in the job market, dropped below 400,000 for the first time in seven months.