Department of Numbers

South Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Carolina fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 8.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
South Carolina 3.3% 0.0 -0.9

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2018

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 175,049 fewer people unemployed in the state. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 76,220 -521 -21,714

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Carolina from 1990 to October 2018

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7% 3.3% 76,220
September 2018 3.7% 3.3% 76,741
August 2018 3.9% 3.4% 78,758
July 2018 3.9% 3.6% 82,339
June 2018 4.0% 3.8% 87,096
May 2018 3.8% 4.0% 92,505
April 2018 3.9% 4.2% 97,929
March 2018 4.1% 4.4% 102,079
February 2018 4.1% 4.4% 101,415
January 2018 4.1% 4.3% 100,182
December 2017 4.1% 4.2% 97,879
November 2017 4.1% 4.2% 97,944