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 January 2020 to 2.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 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 9.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
South Carolina 2.4% 0.0 -1.0

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

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

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 194,679 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 56,244 in October 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 346. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 56,590 -689 -23,666

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in South Carolina from 1990 to January 2020

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 2.4% 56,590
December 2019 3.5% 2.4% 57,279
November 2019 3.5% 2.4% 56,712
October 2019 3.6% 2.4% 56,244
September 2019 3.5% 2.4% 57,450
August 2019 3.7% 2.5% 60,140
July 2019 3.7% 2.7% 64,300
June 2019 3.7% 2.9% 69,163
May 2019 3.6% 3.1% 73,858
April 2019 3.6% 3.3% 77,671
March 2019 3.8% 3.4% 79,881