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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia rose 0.3 percentage points in August 2017 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
South Carolina 4.0% +0.1 -0.6
Columbia 4.0% +0.3 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 19,826 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,576 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,677. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 16,253 +1,172 -1,473

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.9%
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 4.0% 16,253
July
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.7% 15,081
June
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.6% 14,576
May
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.7% 15,067
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.0% 16,128
March
2017
4.5% 4.4% 4.1% 16,791
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 4.3% 17,548
January
2017
4.8% 4.4% 4.3% 17,499
December
2016
4.7% 4.3% 4.1% 16,371
November
2016
4.6% 4.3% 4.1% 16,468
October
2016
4.8% 4.4% 4.2% 16,983

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.