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 July 2015 to 6.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% 0.0 -0.9
South Carolina 6.4% -0.2 0.0

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 107,244 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 132,170 in March 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,277. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 143,447 -5,284 +3,806

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
July 2015 5.3% 6.4% 143,447
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
January 2015 5.7% 6.6% 146,940
December 2014 5.6% 6.6% 147,062
November 2014 5.8% 6.6% 146,577
October 2014 5.7% 6.6% 145,732
September 2014 5.9% 6.6% 144,356
August 2014 6.1% 6.5% 142,275