Department of Numbers

Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 396,500 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 387,440 employed persons for the month. Columbia added 1,600 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 823 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 396,500 +1,600 +5,700
CPS 387,440 +823 +10,338

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Columbia, South Carolina Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Columbia as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Columbia, South Carolina

CES employment for Columbia peaked in September 2016 at 398,000. Since then 1,500 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 394,900 in November 2016, Columbia has gained 1,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 387,742 for Columbia in September 2016. 302 jobs have been lost in Columbia since then according to the household survey. From a November 2016 low of 386,617, Columbia has added 823 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 396,500 1,600 387,440 823
November 2016 394,900 -300 386,617 -481
October 2016 395,200 -2,800 387,098 -644
September 2016 398,000 3,200 387,742 2,811
August 2016 394,800 600 384,931 351
July 2016 394,200 1,100 384,580 -176
June 2016 393,100 1,200 384,756 546
May 2016 391,900 -200 384,210 -761
April 2016 392,100 500 384,971 -849
March 2016 391,600 1,900 385,820 2,344
February 2016 389,700 -1,500 383,476 2,366
January 2016 391,200 400 381,110 4,008