Department of Numbers

Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 390,900 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 377,644 employed persons for the month. Columbia added 200 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 12,538 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 390,900 +200 -16,300
CPS 377,644 -12,538 -18,338

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 16,800 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 367,200 in April 2020, Columbia has gained 23,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 397,643 for Columbia in March 2020. 19,999 jobs have been lost in Columbia since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 362,236, Columbia has added 15,408 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 390,900 200 377,644 -12,538
October 2020 390,700 2,100 390,182 4,550
September 2020 388,600 4,000 385,632 1,435
August 2020 384,600 600 384,197 721
July 2020 384,000 5,800 383,476 5,193
June 2020 378,200 1,900 378,283 8,843
May 2020 376,300 9,100 369,440 7,204
April 2020 367,200 -39,300 362,236 -35,407
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