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Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hilton Head Island rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Hilton Head Island peaked in December 2009 at 9.3% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Hilton Head Island unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
South Carolina 4.0% +0.1 -0.3
Hilton Head Island 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, National

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hilton Head Island peaked in February 2010 at 7,120. There are now 3,834 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,066 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 220.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Hilton Head Island 3,286 +129 -180

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Hilton Head Island
Unemployment Rate
Hilton Head Island
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.0% 3.9% 3,286
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.7% 3,157
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 3.7% 3,179
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 3.9% 3,307
July
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.7% 3,190
June
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.6% 3,066
May
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.7% 3,148
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 3.9% 3,363
March
2017
4.5% 4.4% 4.1% 3,517
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 4.2% 3,624
January
2017
4.8% 4.4% 4.3% 3,659

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.