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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.1 percentage points in June 2017 to 3.6%. 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 6.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
South Carolina 3.9% -0.2 -1.0
Columbia 3.6% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2017 data as July 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 21,473 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 June 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 14,606 -461 -3,493

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
July
2017
4.3% 3.9%
June
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.6% 14,606
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
September
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.3% 17,564
August
2016
4.9% 4.6% 4.4% 17,726

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.