Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in August 2009 at 10.7% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
South Carolina 6.6% 0.0 +0.2
Greenville 5.6% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 August 2009 at 33,278. There are now 15,232 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,137 in April 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,909. Greenville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Greenville, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 18,046 -328 +842

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4% 6.7%
March
2015
5.5% 6.7%
February
2015
5.5% 6.6%
January
2015
5.7% 6.6%
December
2014
5.6% 6.6% 5.6% 18,046
November
2014
5.8% 6.6% 5.7% 18,374
October
2014
5.7% 6.6% 5.7% 18,132
September
2014
5.9% 6.6% 5.5% 17,686
August
2014
6.1% 6.5% 5.3% 16,729
July
2014
6.2% 6.4% 4.8% 15,169
June
2014
6.1% 6.3% 4.5% 14,284
May
2014
6.3% 6.2% 4.5% 14,152

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.