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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
South Carolina 6.8% +0.1 +0.6
Columbia 6.2% +0.1 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 36,099. There are now 11,679 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 21,004 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,416. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 24,420 +509 +3,051

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 6.8% 6.2% 24,420
April
2015
5.4% 6.7% 6.1% 23,911
March
2015
5.5% 6.7% 5.9% 23,264
February
2015
5.5% 6.6% 6.0% 23,511
January
2015
5.7% 6.6% 6.0% 23,218
December
2014
5.6% 6.6% 6.0% 22,919
November
2014
5.8% 6.6% 6.0% 23,119
October
2014
5.7% 6.6% 6.1% 23,324
September
2014
5.9% 6.6% 6.1% 23,673
August
2014
6.1% 6.5% 6.2% 23,787
July
2014
6.2% 6.4% 6.0% 23,126
June
2014
6.1% 6.3% 5.8% 22,131

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.