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Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville rose 0.2 percentage points in September 2014 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in August 2009 at 10.7% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
South Carolina 6.6% +0.3 -0.7
Greenville 5.5% +0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2014 data as October 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 15,568 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 3,573. Greenville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Greenville, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 17,710 +981 -1,584

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
October
2014
5.8% 6.7%
September
2014
5.9% 6.6% 5.5% 17,710
August
2014
6.1% 6.3% 5.3% 16,729
July
2014
6.2% 5.8% 4.8% 15,169
June
2014
6.1% 5.3% 4.5% 14,284
May
2014
6.3% 5.3% 4.5% 14,152
April
2014
6.3% 5.3% 4.4% 14,137
March
2014
6.7% 5.5% 4.5% 14,330
February
2014
6.7% 5.7% 4.7% 14,754
January
2014
6.6% 6.4% 5.3% 16,633
December
2013
6.7% 6.6% 5.5% 17,204
November
2013
7.0% 6.8% 5.6% 17,856
October
2013
7.2% 7.0% 5.9% 18,566

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.