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Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 406,100 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 386,937 employed persons for the month. Columbia added 1,300 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 176 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 406,100 +1,300 +9,700
CPS 386,937 -176 +1,859

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 November 2019 at 406,200. Since then 100 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 361,700 in April 2020, Columbia has gained 44,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 388,289 for Columbia in June 2022. 1,352 jobs have been lost in Columbia since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 406,100 1,300 386,937 -176
August 2022 404,800 2,700 387,113 -310
July 2022 402,100 600 387,423 -866
June 2022 401,500 2,200 388,289 392
May 2022 399,300 400 387,897 601
April 2022 398,900 5,100 387,296 921
March 2022 393,800 -4,500 386,375 24
February 2022 398,300 3,300 386,351 488
January 2022 395,000 -2,900 385,863 283
December 2021 397,900 300 385,580 -10
November 2021 397,600 900 385,590 97
October 2021 396,700 300 385,493 415