Department of Numbers

Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 396,000 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in August 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 387,972 employed persons for the month. Columbia lost 5,500 jobs in August 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 3,750 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 396,000 -5,500 -300
CPS 387,972 -3,750 +1,374

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 July 2017 at 401,500. Since then 5,500 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 392,125 for Columbia in March 2017. 4,153 jobs have been lost in Columbia since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2017

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2017 396,000 -5,500 387,972 -3,750
July 2017 401,500 2,900 391,722 1,500
June 2017 398,600 1,300 390,222 831
May 2017 397,300 1,400 389,391 -1,722
April 2017 395,900 200 391,113 -1,012
March 2017 395,700 -600 392,125 1,608
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