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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.2%. 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 7.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
South Carolina 4.7% -0.2 -0.8
Greenville 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 26,352 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 17,769 -948 -2,631

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.2% 17,769
September
2016
5.0% 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
January
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.7% 19,889
December
2015
5.0% 5.5% 4.8% 20,182

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.