Department of Numbers

Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 395,600 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 391,920 employed persons for the month. Columbia lost 700 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,403 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 395,600 -700 +3,800
CPS 391,920 +1,403 +8,149

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 397,000. Since then 1,400 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 393,100 in October 2016, Columbia has gained 2,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in March 2017 for Columbia is at a new high of 391,920.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 395,600 -700 391,920 1,403
February 2017 396,300 1,700 390,517 3,367
January 2017 394,600 -600 387,150 3,619
December 2016 395,200 1,600 383,531 -675
November 2016 393,600 500 384,206 -1,285
October 2016 393,100 -3,900 385,491 -1,099
September 2016 397,000 700 386,590 -8
August 2016 396,300 -600 386,598 1,055
July 2016 396,900 2,900 385,543 1,107
June 2016 394,000 -100 384,436 487
May 2016 394,100 900 383,949 240
April 2016 393,200 1,400 383,709 -62