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Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 392,000 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 388,416 employed persons for the month. Columbia added 2,300 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,409 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 392,000 +2,300 +9,000
CPS 388,416 +1,409 +1,846

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 September 2019 at 406,100. Since then 14,100 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 361,800 in April 2020, Columbia has gained 30,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 394,150 for Columbia in October 2020. 5,734 jobs have been lost in Columbia since then according to the household survey. From a November 2020 low of 377,496, Columbia has added 10,920 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 392,000 2,300 388,416 1,409
June 2021 389,700 700 387,007 834
May 2021 389,000 -100 386,173 437
April 2021 389,100 400 385,736 -766
March 2021 388,700 200 386,502 113
February 2021 388,500 5,000 386,389 7,820
January 2021 383,500 -6,000 378,569 401
December 2020 389,500 900 378,168 672
November 2020 388,600 800 377,496 -16,654
October 2020 387,800 1,500 394,150 1,457
September 2020 386,300 900 392,693 2,397
August 2020 385,400 2,400 390,296 3,726