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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia rose 0.4 percentage points in March 2016 to 5.4%. 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 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
South Carolina 5.7% +0.2 -0.7
Columbia 5.4% +0.4 -0.3
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 36,079. There are now 14,145 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 20,137 in January 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,797. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 21,934 +1,566 -680

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
March
2016
5.0% 5.7% 5.4% 21,934
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
November
2015
5.0% 5.5% 5.2% 20,679
October
2015
5.0% 5.5% 5.3% 20,909
September
2015
5.1% 5.5% 5.2% 20,693
August
2015
5.1% 5.6% 5.2% 20,601
July
2015
5.3% 5.7% 5.3% 20,965
June
2015
5.3% 5.9% 5.5% 21,606
May
2015
5.5% 6.1% 5.7% 22,392
April
2015
5.4% 6.3% 5.7% 22,684

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.