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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2016 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in November 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
South Carolina 4.3% -0.1 -1.2
Greenville 3.9% 0.0 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 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 January 2010 at 44,121. There are now 27,656 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,361 in November 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 104.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 16,465 +104 -3,717

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 4.3% 3.9% 16,465
November
2016
4.6% 4.4% 3.9% 16,361
October
2016
4.8% 4.7% 4.2% 17,687
September
2016
4.9% 4.9% 4.4% 18,717
August
2016
4.9% 5.1% 4.7% 19,640
July
2016
4.9% 5.2% 4.7% 19,854
June
2016
4.9% 5.4% 4.7% 19,947
May
2016
4.7% 5.6% 4.6% 19,657
April
2016
5.0% 5.8% 5.2% 22,039
March
2016
5.0% 5.7% 5.2% 22,049
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.7% 19,819

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.