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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville rose 0.5 percentage points in March 2016 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 Greenville peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
South Carolina 5.7% +0.2 -0.7
Greenville 5.2% +0.5 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Greenville, South Carolina, National

Greenville, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Greenville peaked in January 2010 at 44,121. There are now 22,063 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,819 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,239.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 22,058 +2,239 -1,017

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 5.8%
March
2016
5.0% 5.7% 5.2% 22,058
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.7% 19,819
January
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.7% 19,889
December
2015
5.0% 5.5% 4.8% 20,182
November
2015
5.0% 5.5% 4.8% 20,225
October
2015
5.0% 5.5% 4.9% 20,400
September
2015
5.1% 5.5% 4.9% 20,599
August
2015
5.1% 5.6% 5.0% 20,825
July
2015
5.3% 5.7% 5.2% 21,428
June
2015
5.3% 5.9% 5.4% 22,364
May
2015
5.5% 6.1% 5.6% 23,223

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.