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 March 2018 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in South Carolina peaked in December 2009 at 11.7% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
South Carolina 4.4% 0.0 +0.1

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

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 149,193 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 96,674 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,402. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 102,076 +661 +2,202

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
April 2018 3.9%
March 2018 4.1% 4.4% 102,076
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
October 2017 4.1% 4.2% 97,934
September 2017 4.2% 4.2% 97,769
August 2017 4.4% 4.2% 97,377
July 2017 4.3% 4.2% 96,879
June 2017 4.3% 4.2% 96,674
May 2017 4.3% 4.2% 97,141