Department of Numbers

South Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Carolina rose 0.6 percentage points in August 2014 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
South Carolina 6.4% +0.6 -1.1

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

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 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 116,473 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 114,436 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 23,672. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 138,108 +13,396 -26,450

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
September 2014 5.9%
August 2014 6.1% 6.4% 138,108
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 6.3% 5.3% 114,436
March 2014 6.7% 5.5% 119,065
February 2014 6.7% 5.7% 124,135
January 2014 6.6% 6.4% 138,268
December 2013 6.7% 6.6% 142,337
November 2013 7.0% 6.8% 147,312
October 2013 7.2% 7.0% 153,030
September 2013 7.2% 7.3% 159,007