Department of Numbers

South Carolina Job Growth

There were 2,142,000 jobs in South Carolina in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,223,349 employed persons for the month. South Carolina added 16,300 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 63,843 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is South Carolina job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,142,000 +16,300 -65,800
CPS 2,223,349 -63,843 -103,472

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 75,100 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 220,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in South Carolina reached a maximum of 2,333,224 in February 2020. 109,875 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 149,879 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 2,142,000 16,300 2,223,349 -63,843
October 2020 2,125,700 12,600 2,287,192 28,671
September 2020 2,113,100 18,200 2,258,521 -7,729
August 2020 2,094,900 22,400 2,266,250 20,247
July 2020 2,072,500 9,300 2,246,003 19,220
June 2020 2,063,199 76,299 2,226,783 110,353
May 2020 1,986,900 65,100 2,116,430 42,960
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