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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
South Carolina 4.0% +0.1 -0.6
Greenville 3.7% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 28,390 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,523 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,208.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 15,731 -398 -2,271

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.9%
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 3.7% 15,731
July
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.8% 16,129
June
2017
4.4% 3.9% 3.4% 14,523
May
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.6% 15,010
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 3.8% 15,952
March
2017
4.5% 4.4% 3.9% 16,721
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 4.0% 16,974
January
2017
4.8% 4.4% 4.1% 17,466
December
2016
4.7% 4.3% 3.9% 16,503
November
2016
4.6% 4.3% 3.9% 16,518
October
2016
4.8% 4.4% 4.0% 17,070

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.