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Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 399,100 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 387,354 employed persons for the month. Columbia added 5,300 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 979 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 399,100 +5,300 +3,300
CPS 387,354 +979 +2,915

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 7,100 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 361,700 in April 2020, Columbia has gained 37,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in April 2022 for Columbia is at a new high of 387,354.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 399,100 5,300 387,354 979
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
September 2021 396,400 -100 385,078 468
August 2021 396,500 400 384,610 259
July 2021 396,100 4,200 384,351 48
June 2021 391,900 -4,500 384,303 -125
May 2021 396,400 600 384,428 -11