Department of Numbers

South Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Carolina fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2017 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in South Carolina peaked in December 2009 at 11.7% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
South Carolina 4.1% -0.2 -1.0

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Carolina peaked in June 2009 at 250,691. There are now 154,165 fewer people unemployed in the state. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 96,526 -4,932 -19,987

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Carolina from 1990 to May 2017

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
May 2017 4.3% 4.1% 96,526
April 2017 4.4% 4.3% 101,458
March 2017 4.5% 4.4% 103,639
February 2017 4.7% 4.4% 103,363
January 2017 4.8% 4.4% 101,455
December 2016 4.7% 4.3% 98,225
November 2016 4.6% 4.3% 99,867
October 2016 4.8% 4.4% 101,772
September 2016 4.9% 4.5% 104,025
August 2016 4.9% 4.6% 106,559
July 2016 4.9% 4.8% 109,596
June 2016 4.9% 4.9% 113,034