Department of Numbers

South Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Carolina rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.2%. 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 12.1% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
South Carolina 3.2% +0.1 -0.6

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

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Carolina peaked in April 2020 at 268,537. There are now 193,113 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 74,521 in August 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 903. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 75,424 +903 -13,958

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Carolina from 1990 to September 2022

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
October 2022 3.7%
September 2022 3.5% 3.2% 75,424
August 2022 3.7% 3.1% 74,521
July 2022 3.5% 3.2% 75,661
June 2022 3.6% 3.2% 77,941
May 2022 3.6% 3.3% 79,129
April 2022 3.6% 3.3% 79,165
March 2022 3.6% 3.4% 80,747
February 2022 3.8% 3.5% 82,614
January 2022 4.0% 3.5% 82,242
December 2021 3.9% 3.6% 84,737
November 2021 4.2% 3.6% 85,167