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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.2%. 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 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in November 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
South Carolina 5.5% 0.0 -1.1
Columbia 5.2% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 36,099. There are now 15,646 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 December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 20,453 -212 -2,466

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.5% 5.2% 20,453
November
2015
5.0% 5.5% 5.2% 20,665
October
2015
5.0% 5.6% 5.5% 21,850
September
2015
5.1% 5.7% 5.4% 21,053
August
2015
5.1% 6.0% 5.4% 21,288
July
2015
5.3% 6.4% 5.7% 22,405
June
2015
5.3% 6.6% 5.9% 23,036
May
2015
5.5% 6.8% 6.2% 24,371
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

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.