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 April 2022 to 3.3%. 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 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
South Carolina 3.3% -0.1 -0.9

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

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 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 189,361 fewer people unemployed in the state. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 79,176 -1,571 -20,143

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
May 2022 3.6%
April 2022 3.6% 3.3% 79,176
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
October 2021 4.6% 3.6% 86,523
September 2021 4.7% 3.8% 89,382
August 2021 5.2% 3.9% 92,837
July 2021 5.4% 4.0% 95,396
June 2021 5.9% 4.1% 97,345