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 April 2016 to 5.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
South Carolina 5.8% +0.1 -0.5

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 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 116,390 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 124,159 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 10,142. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 134,301 +2,977 -6,634

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
April 2016 5.0% 5.8% 134,301
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
August 2015 5.1% 5.6% 126,465
July 2015 5.3% 5.7% 129,098
June 2015 5.3% 5.9% 132,841
May 2015 5.5% 6.1% 137,045