Department of Numbers

South Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Carolina rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2017 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 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. From a post peak low of 3.9% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
South Carolina 4.1% +0.1 -0.2

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 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 154,257 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 91,092 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,342. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 96,434 +3,708 -1,791

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 4.1% 96,434
November 2017 4.1% 4.0% 92,726
October 2017 4.1% 3.9% 91,092
September 2017 4.2% 3.9% 91,342
August 2017 4.4% 4.0% 93,069
July 2017 4.3% 3.9% 91,607
June 2017 4.3% 3.9% 91,627
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