Department of Numbers

South Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Carolina fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in South Carolina peaked in December 2009 at 11.7% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
South Carolina 3.4% -0.1 +0.1

Note: All comparisons are made with July data as August state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Carolina peaked in January 2010 at 251,269. There are now 169,519 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 74,506 in February 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,244. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 81,750 -1,750 +5,602

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Carolina from 1990 to July 2019

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
August 2019 3.7%
July 2019 3.7% 3.4% 81,750
June 2019 3.7% 3.5% 83,500
May 2019 3.6% 3.5% 82,651
April 2019 3.6% 3.4% 79,095
March 2019 3.8% 3.2% 76,316
February 2019 3.8% 3.2% 74,506
January 2019 4.0% 3.2% 74,837
December 2018 3.9% 3.2% 75,244
November 2018 3.7% 3.2% 75,107
October 2018 3.8% 3.2% 74,930
September 2018 3.7% 3.2% 75,079