Department of Numbers

South Carolina Job Growth

There were 2,115,700 jobs in South Carolina in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,277,749 employed persons for the month. South Carolina added 4,100 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 14,783 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is South Carolina job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,115,700 +4,100 +158,600
CPS 2,277,749 +14,783 +185,178

South Carolina Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for South Carolina as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in South Carolina

CES employment peaked in December 2019 for South Carolina at 2,199,900. Since then 84,200 jobs have been lost in South Carolina according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,888,600 in April 2020, South Carolina has gained 227,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in South Carolina reached a maximum of 2,313,318 in October 2019. 35,569 jobs have been lost in South Carolina since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,086,262, South Carolina has added 191,487 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 2,115,700 4,100 2,277,749 14,783
April 2021 2,111,600 -5,900 2,262,966 -4,476
March 2021 2,117,500 4,500 2,267,442 14,190
February 2021 2,113,000 8,000 2,253,252 17,949
January 2021 2,105,000 -12,300 2,235,303 11,823
December 2020 2,117,300 12,900 2,223,480 5,892
November 2020 2,104,400 12,400 2,217,588 -88,670
October 2020 2,092,000 11,300 2,306,258 13,740
September 2020 2,080,699 11,399 2,292,518 20,504
August 2020 2,069,300 27,900 2,272,014 28,209
July 2020 2,041,400 18,500 2,243,805 34,745
June 2020 2,022,900 65,800 2,209,060 116,489