Department of Numbers

Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 364,000 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 358,857 employed persons for the month. Columbia lost 42,500 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 38,786 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 364,000 -42,500 -38,600
CPS 358,857 -38,786 -31,578

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 February 2020 at 407,700. Since then 43,700 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 397,643 for Columbia in March 2020. 38,786 jobs have been lost in Columbia since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 364,000 -42,500 358,857 -38,786
March 2020 406,500 -1,200 397,643 824
February 2020 407,700 900 396,819 764
January 2020 406,800 1,900 396,055 147
December 2019 404,900 -2,300 395,908 -74
November 2019 407,200 2,000 395,982 150
October 2019 405,200 -1,300 395,832 421
September 2019 406,500 -200 395,411 775
August 2019 406,700 1,100 394,636 1,082
July 2019 405,600 1,900 393,554 1,170
June 2019 403,700 800 392,384 1,083
May 2019 402,900 300 391,301 866