Department of Numbers

Columbia, South Carolina Job Growth

There were 399,900 jobs in Columbia, South Carolina in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 385,677 employed persons for the month. Columbia lost 100 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 635 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Columbia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 399,900 -100 +5,400
CPS 385,677 -635 +1,653

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 402,100. Since then 2,200 jobs have been lost in Columbia according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 388,228 for Columbia in March 2017. 2,551 jobs have been lost in Columbia since then according to the household survey. From a December 2017 low of 381,109, Columbia has added 4,568 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Columbia, South Carolina Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 399,900 -100 385,677 -635
September 2018 400,000 -1,800 386,312 -251
August 2018 401,800 -300 386,563 -420
July 2018 402,100 2,200 386,983 2,439
June 2018 399,900 1,900 384,544 713
May 2018 398,000 1,000 383,831 -603
April 2018 397,000 -400 384,434 -1,460
March 2018 397,400 600 385,894 707
February 2018 396,800 1,300 385,187 3,299
January 2018 395,500 200 381,888 779
December 2017 395,300 600 381,109 -989
November 2017 394,700 200 382,098 -1,926