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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
South Carolina 4.7% -0.2 -0.8
Columbia 4.4% -0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Columbia, South Carolina, National

Columbia, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Columbia peaked in February 2010 at 36,079. There are now 18,379 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 17,700 -933 -3,209

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.4% 17,700
September
2016
5.0% 4.9% 4.6% 18,633
August
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.8% 19,338
July
2016
4.9% 5.2% 4.8% 19,357
June
2016
4.9% 5.4% 4.8% 19,599
May
2016
4.7% 5.6% 4.9% 19,616
April
2016
5.0% 5.8% 5.4% 21,891
March
2016
5.0% 5.7% 5.4% 21,925
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 5.0% 20,368
January
2016
4.9% 5.5% 5.0% 20,137
December
2015
5.0% 5.5% 5.1% 20,450

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.