Department of Numbers

Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 396,300 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in February 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 384,766 employed persons for the month. Columbia added 800 jobs in February 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,888 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 396,300 +800 -1,900
CPS 384,766 +2,888 -5,751

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 2017 at 400,400. Since then 4,100 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey. From a trough of 394,500 in October 2017, Columbia has gained 1,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 392,125 for Columbia in March 2017. 7,359 jobs have been lost in Columbia since then according to the household survey. From a January 2018 low of 381,878, Columbia has added 2,888 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2018

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2018 396,300 800 384,766 2,888
January 2018 395,500 200 381,878 -2
December 2017 395,300 600 381,880 -2,452
November 2017 394,700 200 384,332 -2,932
October 2017 394,500 -500 387,264 -1,967
September 2017 395,000 -1,100 389,231 511
August 2017 396,100 -4,300 388,720 -3,002
July 2017 400,400 300 391,722 1,500
June 2017 400,100 2,100 390,222 831
May 2017 398,000 -200 389,391 -1,722
April 2017 398,200 -400 391,113 -1,012
March 2017 398,600 400 392,125 1,608