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 December 2014 to 6.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in South Carolina peaked in December 2009 at 11.9% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
South Carolina 6.5% -0.2 -0.1

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Carolina peaked in December 2009 at 254,581. There are now 111,221 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 114,436 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 28,924. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 143,360 -2,784 +1,023

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Carolina from 1990 to December 2014

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 6.5% 143,360
November 2014 5.8% 6.7% 146,144
October 2014 5.7% 6.7% 146,590
September 2014 5.9% 6.6% 144,422
August 2014 6.1% 6.3% 137,951
July 2014 6.2% 5.8% 124,712
June 2014 6.1% 5.3% 115,546
May 2014 6.3% 5.3% 114,953
April 2014 6.2% 5.3% 114,436
March 2014 6.6% 5.5% 119,065
February 2014 6.7% 5.7% 124,135