Department of Numbers

Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 359,700 jobs in Charleston, South Carolina in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 373,895 employed persons for the month. Charleston lost 200 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,001 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Charleston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 359,700 -200 -19,400
CPS 373,895 +1,001 -17,004

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Charleston, South Carolina Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Charleston 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 for Charleston, South Carolina

CES employment for Charleston peaked in September 2019 at 379,800. Since then 20,100 jobs have been lost in Charleston according to the employer survey. From a trough of 318,100 in April 2020, Charleston has gained 41,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 390,899 for Charleston in February 2020. 17,004 jobs have been lost in Charleston since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 339,069, Charleston has added 34,826 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Charleston, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 359,700 -200 373,895 1,001
January 2021 359,900 -700 372,894 4,903
December 2020 360,600 3,800 367,991 358
November 2020 356,800 1,400 367,633 -9,249
October 2020 355,400 1,100 376,882 5,153
September 2020 354,300 3,500 371,729 914
August 2020 350,800 4,800 370,815 4,452
July 2020 346,000 4,200 366,363 876
June 2020 341,800 10,600 365,487 22,064
May 2020 331,200 13,100 343,423 4,354
April 2020 318,100 -58,900 339,069 -47,002
March 2020 377,000 -2,100 386,071 -4,828