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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia rose 0.2 percentage points in January 2017 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in November 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
South Carolina 4.4% +0.1 -1.1
Columbia 4.3% +0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 18,510 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,404 in December 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,165. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 17,569 +1,165 -2,568

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 4.4% 4.3% 17,569
December
2016
4.7% 4.3% 4.1% 16,404
November
2016
4.6% 4.3% 4.1% 16,432
October
2016
4.8% 4.4% 4.4% 17,618
September
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.6% 18,633
August
2016
4.9% 4.6% 4.8% 19,338
July
2016
4.9% 4.8% 4.8% 19,357
June
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.8% 19,599
May
2016
4.7% 5.1% 4.9% 19,616
April
2016
5.0% 5.2% 5.4% 21,891
March
2016
5.0% 5.3% 5.4% 21,925

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.