Department of Numbers

South Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Carolina fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in South Carolina peaked in December 2009 at 11.7% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in November 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
South Carolina 5.5% 0.0 -1.1

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 2015

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 126,669 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 123,833 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 189. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 124,022 +189 -23,040

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Carolina from 1990 to December 2015

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.5% 124,022
November 2015 5.0% 5.5% 123,833
October 2015 5.0% 5.6% 126,656
September 2015 5.1% 5.7% 128,972
August 2015 5.1% 6.0% 135,115
July 2015 5.3% 6.4% 143,195
June 2015 5.3% 6.6% 148,731
May 2015 5.5% 6.8% 153,158
April 2015 5.4% 6.7% 151,453
March 2015 5.5% 6.7% 149,759
February 2015 5.5% 6.6% 148,179