Department of Numbers

Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 402,400 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in October 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 393,927 employed persons for the month. Columbia lost 1,000 jobs in October 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 704 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 402,400 -1,000 +600
CPS 393,927 +704 +7,746

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 1,700 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 401,100 in November 2018, Columbia has gained 1,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in October 2019 for Columbia is at a new high of 393,927.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2019

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2019 402,400 -1,000 393,927 704
September 2019 403,400 -500 393,223 956
August 2019 403,900 1,100 392,267 1,215
July 2019 402,800 -500 391,052 720
June 2019 403,300 -300 390,332 730
May 2019 403,600 900 389,602 889
April 2019 402,700 -400 388,713 800
March 2019 403,100 100 387,913 1,156
February 2019 403,000 -700 386,757 864
January 2019 403,700 1,000 385,893 93
December 2018 402,700 1,600 385,800 -68
November 2018 401,100 -700 385,868 -313