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Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sumter rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Sumter peaked in February 2010 at 12.9% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in June 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Sumter 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
Sumter 5.1% +0.3 -0.1
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: Sumter, South Carolina, National

Sumter, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Sumter, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Sumter peaked in February 2010 at 5,705. There are now 3,474 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,121 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 110. Sumter employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sumter, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Sumter 2,231 +110 -51

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.0% 5.1% 2,231
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 4.8% 2,121
September
2017
4.2% 3.9% 4.9% 2,149
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 5.2% 2,312
July
2017
4.3% 3.9% 4.9% 2,191
June
2017
4.3% 3.9% 4.8% 2,127
May
2017
4.3% 4.1% 5.0% 2,217
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 5.3% 2,356
March
2017
4.5% 4.4% 5.3% 2,355
February
2017
4.7% 4.4% 5.4% 2,417
January
2017
4.8% 4.4% 5.5% 2,441

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.