Department of Numbers

South Carolina Job Growth

There were 2,191,000 jobs in South Carolina in March 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,303,592 employed persons for the month. South Carolina lost 7,400 jobs in March 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 7,859 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is South Carolina job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,191,000 -7,400 +57,400
CPS 2,303,592 +7,859 +49,944

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 October 2019 for South Carolina at 2,199,700. Since then 8,700 jobs have been lost in South Carolina according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,893,100 in April 2020, South Carolina has gained 297,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in South Carolina for March 2022 is at a new high of 2,303,592.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2022

South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2022 2,191,000 -7,400 2,303,592 7,859
February 2022 2,198,400 20,000 2,295,733 3,433
January 2022 2,178,400 6,500 2,292,300 5,739
December 2021 2,171,900 5,700 2,286,561 612
November 2021 2,166,200 8,500 2,285,949 1,742
October 2021 2,157,700 7,900 2,284,207 3,973
September 2021 2,149,800 -6,600 2,280,234 3,886
August 2021 2,156,400 2,700 2,276,348 3,073
July 2021 2,153,700 15,500 2,273,275 3,066
June 2021 2,138,200 -700 2,270,209 3,663
May 2021 2,138,900 5,500 2,266,546 5,826
April 2021 2,133,400 -200 2,260,720 7,072