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Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 403,900 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in August 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 392,127 employed persons for the month. Columbia added 1,100 jobs in August 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,075 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 403,900 +1,100 +200
CPS 392,127 +1,075 +5,399

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

Columbia, South Carolina Employment Changes

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

CES employment for Columbia peaked in July 2018 at 404,100. Since then 200 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 401,100 in November 2018, Columbia has gained 2,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in August 2019 for Columbia is at a new high of 392,127.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2019

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2019 403,900 1,100 392,127 1,075
July 2019 402,800 -500 391,052 720
June 2019 403,300 -300 390,332 730
May 2019 403,600 900 389,602 889
April 2019 402,700 -400 388,713 800
March 2019 403,100 100 387,913 1,156
February 2019 403,000 -700 386,757 864
January 2019 403,700 1,000 385,893 93
December 2018 402,700 1,600 385,800 -68
November 2018 401,100 -700 385,868 -313
October 2018 401,800 -900 386,181 -402
September 2018 402,700 -1,000 386,583 -145