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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville fell 0.6 percentage points in May 2016 to 4.6%. 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 January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
South Carolina 5.6% -0.2 -0.5
Greenville 4.6% -0.6 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 24,466 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 19,655 -2,384 -3,568

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 5.4%
May
2016
4.7% 5.6% 4.6% 19,655
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
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

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.