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 August 2021 to 4.2%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in August 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.8 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
South Carolina 4.2% -0.1 -1.2

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

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Carolina peaked in May 2020 at 273,164. There are now 171,637 fewer people unemployed in the state. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 101,527 -1,927 -29,022

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Carolina from 1990 to August 2021

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8%
August 2021 5.2% 4.2% 101,527
July 2021 5.4% 4.3% 103,454
June 2021 5.9% 4.5% 107,067
May 2021 5.8% 4.6% 110,437
April 2021 6.1% 5.0% 118,395
March 2021 6.0% 5.1% 120,655
February 2021 6.2% 5.2% 123,928
January 2021 6.3% 5.3% 125,444
December 2020 6.7% 5.6% 131,582
November 2020 6.7% 5.6% 131,355
October 2020 6.9% 5.4% 130,857