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Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 350,700 jobs in Charleston, South Carolina in August 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 367,887 employed persons for the month. Charleston added 2,600 jobs in August 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,524 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Charleston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 350,700 +2,600 -27,200
CPS 367,887 +1,524 -19,241

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 January 2020 at 380,900. Since then 30,200 jobs have been lost in Charleston according to the employer survey. From a trough of 325,300 in April 2020, Charleston has gained 25,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 390,899 for Charleston in February 2020. 23,012 jobs have been lost in Charleston since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 339,069, Charleston has added 28,818 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2020

Charleston, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2020 350,700 2,600 367,887 1,524
July 2020 348,100 2,700 366,363 876
June 2020 345,400 12,500 365,487 22,064
May 2020 332,900 7,600 343,423 4,354
April 2020 325,300 -47,300 339,069 -47,002
March 2020 372,600 -7,700 386,071 -4,828
February 2020 380,300 -600 390,899 604
January 2020 380,900 2,200 390,295 -457
December 2019 378,700 2,000 390,752 678
November 2019 376,700 1,700 390,074 866
October 2019 375,000 -4,200 389,208 984
September 2019 379,200 1,300 388,224 1,096