SC jobless numbers for September delayed because of government shutdown period

10/22/2013 9:59 AM

10/22/2013 10:00 AM

South Carolina’s jobless rate for September – originally set to be released today – will be delayed because of the 16-day shutdown of the federal government, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce said.

“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,” the agency posted on its website.

Access to economic data, such as employment numbers, is important as an overall barometer of the economy and assists business owners and government officials in making decisions about the future.

A new release date has not been set, the agency said.

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