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Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spartanburg rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Spartanburg peaked in January 2010 at 13.3% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Spartanburg 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
Spartanburg 4.1% +0.3 -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: Spartanburg, South Carolina, National

Spartanburg, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Spartanburg peaked in June 2009 at 19,200. There are now 12,783 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,640 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 777.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Spartanburg 6,417 +485 -177

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.0% 4.1% 6,417
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.8% 5,932
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 3.7% 5,823
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 4.1% 6,542
July
2017
4.3% 3.9% 4.3% 6,766
June
2017
4.3% 3.9% 3.6% 5,640
May
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.8% 5,863
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.0% 6,224
March
2017
4.5% 4.4% 4.2% 6,571
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 4.3% 6,756
January
2017
4.8% 4.4% 4.4% 6,802

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.