Department of Numbers

Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 403,100 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 389,738 employed persons for the month. Columbia lost 600 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,402 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 403,100 -600 +3,300
CPS 389,738 +2,402 +4,551

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 July 2018 at 404,100. Since then 1,000 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 401,100 in November 2018, Columbia has gained 2,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in February 2019 for Columbia is at a new high of 389,738.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 403,100 -600 389,738 2,402
January 2019 403,700 1,000 387,336 -433
December 2018 402,700 1,600 387,769 2,042
November 2018 401,100 -700 385,727 -757
October 2018 401,800 -900 386,484 172
September 2018 402,700 -1,000 386,312 -251
August 2018 403,700 -400 386,563 -420
July 2018 404,100 1,700 386,983 2,439
June 2018 402,400 1,800 384,544 713
May 2018 400,600 1,000 383,831 -603
April 2018 399,600 -700 384,434 -1,460
March 2018 400,300 500 385,894 707