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Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 366,600 jobs in Charleston, South Carolina in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 384,138 employed persons for the month. Charleston added 1,100 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,661 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Charleston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 366,600 +1,100 +15,800
CPS 384,138 +1,661 +8,041

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 13,200 jobs have been lost in Charleston according to the employer survey. From a trough of 318,100 in April 2020, Charleston has gained 48,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 388,464 for Charleston in November 2019. 4,326 jobs have been lost in Charleston since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 336,748, Charleston has added 47,390 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Charleston, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 366,600 1,100 384,138 1,661
July 2021 365,500 400 382,477 2,081
June 2021 365,100 1,900 380,396 2,036
May 2021 363,200 1,000 378,360 1,520
April 2021 362,200 900 376,840 1,094
March 2021 361,300 900 375,746 1,815
February 2021 360,400 500 373,931 1,899
January 2021 359,900 -700 372,032 1,641
December 2020 360,600 3,800 370,391 1,335
November 2020 356,800 1,400 369,056 -13,394
October 2020 355,400 1,100 382,450 2,675
September 2020 354,300 3,500 379,775 3,678