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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia rose 0.4 percentage points in August 2014 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in January 2010 at 9.8% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in June 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 August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
South Carolina 6.3% +0.5 -1.2
Columbia 5.6% +0.4 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2014 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 January 2010 at 36,011. There are now 15,057 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,262 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,692. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 20,954 +1,758 -4,052

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
September
2014
5.9% 6.6%
August
2014
6.1% 6.3% 5.6% 20,954
July
2014
6.2% 5.8% 5.2% 19,196
June
2014
6.1% 5.3% 4.9% 18,262
May
2014
6.3% 5.3% 5.0% 18,424
April
2014
6.3% 5.3% 5.0% 18,630
March
2014
6.7% 5.5% 5.1% 18,870
February
2014
6.7% 5.7% 5.2% 19,451
January
2014
6.6% 6.4% 5.8% 21,560
December
2013
6.7% 6.6% 5.9% 22,130
November
2013
7.0% 6.8% 6.1% 22,820
October
2013
7.2% 7.0% 6.3% 23,562
September
2013
7.2% 7.3% 6.5% 24,317

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.