Department of Numbers

South Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Carolina fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2016 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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 6.6 percentage points lower. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
South Carolina 5.1% -0.1 -0.5

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2016

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 133,693 fewer people unemployed in the state. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 116,998 -3,856 -9,467

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Carolina from 1990 to August 2016

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 5.1% 116,998
July 2016 4.9% 5.2% 120,854
June 2016 4.9% 5.4% 125,646
May 2016 4.7% 5.6% 129,861
April 2016 5.0% 5.8% 134,295
March 2016 5.0% 5.7% 131,324
February 2016 4.9% 5.5% 125,494
January 2016 4.9% 5.5% 124,506
December 2015 5.0% 5.5% 124,433
November 2015 5.0% 5.5% 124,159
October 2015 5.0% 5.5% 124,395
September 2015 5.1% 5.5% 125,030