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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 May 2015 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in January 2010 at 11.3% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in February 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
South Carolina 6.8% +0.1 +0.6
Greenville 6.1% +0.2 +0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 44,127. There are now 18,940 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 20,923 in February 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,264. Greenville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Greenville, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 25,187 +691 +3,442

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 6.8% 6.1% 25,187
April
2015
5.4% 6.7% 5.9% 24,496
March
2015
5.5% 6.7% 5.7% 23,579
February
2015
5.5% 6.6% 5.7% 23,339
January
2015
5.7% 6.6% 5.8% 23,570
December
2014
5.6% 6.6% 5.8% 23,689
November
2014
5.8% 6.6% 5.9% 24,008
October
2014
5.7% 6.6% 6.0% 24,272
September
2014
5.9% 6.6% 6.1% 24,637
August
2014
6.1% 6.5% 6.1% 24,713
July
2014
6.2% 6.4% 5.9% 23,900
June
2014
6.1% 6.3% 5.7% 22,718

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.