Department of Numbers

South Carolina Job Growth

There were 1,989,400 jobs in South Carolina in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,118,575 employed persons for the month. South Carolina added 67,600 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 45,105 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is South Carolina job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,989,400 +67,600 -193,000
CPS 2,118,575 +45,105 -179,177

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 February 2020 for South Carolina at 2,217,100. Since then 227,700 jobs have been lost in South Carolina according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,921,800 in April 2020, South Carolina has gained 67,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in South Carolina reached a maximum of 2,333,224 in February 2020. 214,649 jobs have been lost in South Carolina since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,073,470, South Carolina has added 45,105 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 1,989,400 67,600 2,118,575 45,105
April 2020 1,921,800 -275,900 2,073,470 -255,332
March 2020 2,197,700 -19,400 2,328,802 -4,422
February 2020 2,217,100 1,900 2,333,224 2,727
January 2020 2,215,200 5,600 2,330,497 4,479
December 2019 2,209,600 1,800 2,326,018 -803
November 2019 2,207,800 5,300 2,326,821 9
October 2019 2,202,500 3,200 2,326,812 3,970
September 2019 2,199,300 2,400 2,322,842 6,059
August 2019 2,196,900 4,400 2,316,783 6,863
July 2019 2,192,500 7,000 2,309,920 6,872
June 2019 2,185,500 3,100 2,303,048 5,296