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Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charleston peaked in December 2009 at 9.8% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
South Carolina 4.0% +0.1 -0.3
Charleston 3.5% +0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Charleston, South Carolina, National

Charleston, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Charleston, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Charleston peaked in February 2010 at 31,738. There are now 18,561 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,067 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,110. Charleston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charleston, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 13,177 +759 -640

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.0% 3.5% 13,177
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.3% 12,418
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 3.2% 12,335
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 3.4% 12,829
July
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.3% 12,561
June
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.2% 12,067
May
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.4% 12,720
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 3.6% 13,747
March
2017
4.5% 4.4% 3.7% 14,219
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 3.9% 14,730
January
2017
4.8% 4.4% 3.9% 14,899

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.