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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.6 percentage points in February 2014 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in December 2009 at 9.8% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
South Carolina 5.7% -0.7 -2.4
Columbia 5.2% -0.6 -2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 36,036. There are now 16,660 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 February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 19,376 -2,171 -8,842

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 5.5%
February
2014
6.7% 5.7% 5.2% 19,376
January
2014
6.6% 6.4% 5.8% 21,547
December
2013
6.7% 6.6% 6.0% 22,304
November
2013
7.0% 6.8% 6.4% 23,822
October
2013
7.2% 7.0% 6.8% 25,180
September
2013
7.2% 7.3% 7.0% 26,096
August
2013
7.2% 7.5% 7.1% 26,572
July
2013
7.3% 7.7% 7.0% 26,403
June
2013
7.5% 7.8% 7.1% 26,667
May
2013
7.5% 7.9% 7.1% 26,364
April
2013
7.5% 7.9% 7.2% 26,829
March
2013
7.5% 8.0% 7.4% 27,636

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.