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 March 2014 to 5.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in South Carolina peaked in December 2009 at 11.9% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% 0.0 -0.8
South Carolina 5.5% -0.2 -2.5

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 135,523 fewer people unemployed in the state. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 119,058 -5,077 -56,537

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7% 5.5% 119,058
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
August 2013 7.2% 7.5% 164,558
July 2013 7.3% 7.7% 168,552
June 2013 7.5% 7.8% 170,687
May 2013 7.5% 7.9% 171,954
April 2013 7.5% 7.9% 173,418
March 2013 7.5% 8.0% 175,595