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Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 396,300 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 393,491 employed persons for the month. Columbia lost 0 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 734 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 396,300 0 +7,700
CPS 393,491 +734 +15,995

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 September 2019 at 406,100. Since then 9,800 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 361,800 in April 2020, Columbia has gained 34,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 394,150 for Columbia in October 2020. 659 jobs have been lost in Columbia since then according to the household survey. From a November 2020 low of 377,496, Columbia has added 15,995 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 396,300 0 393,491 734
October 2021 396,300 2,000 392,757 1,481
September 2021 394,300 2,700 391,276 1,749
August 2021 391,600 1,100 389,527 1,186
July 2021 390,500 800 388,341 1,334
June 2021 389,700 700 387,007 834
May 2021 389,000 -100 386,173 437
April 2021 389,100 400 385,736 -766
March 2021 388,700 200 386,502 113
February 2021 388,500 5,000 386,389 7,820
January 2021 383,500 -6,000 378,569 401
December 2020 389,500 900 378,168 672