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South Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Carolina fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.2%. 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 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in August 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.8 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
South Carolina 5.2% -0.1 +2.4

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

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 149,065 fewer people unemployed in the state. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 124,099 -1,345 +58,119

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 5.2% 124,099
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
September 2020 7.8% 5.4% 130,400
August 2020 8.4% 5.4% 130,549
July 2020 10.2% 7.6% 183,470
June 2020 11.1% 7.7% 183,862
May 2020 13.3% 11.5% 273,164
April 2020 14.8% 11.5% 270,763