Department of Numbers

South Carolina Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for South Carolina rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.4%. The state unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in South Carolina peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see South Carolina unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
South Carolina 4.4% +0.2 +2.0

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

Unemployment Rate: South Carolina, National

South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in South Carolina peaked in April 2020 at 303,360. There are now 201,174 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 100,544 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,642. South Carolina job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
South Carolina 102,186 +1,642 +45,474

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 4.4% 102,186
October 2020 6.9% 4.2% 100,544
September 2020 7.8% 5.2% 125,120
August 2020 8.4% 6.4% 154,809
July 2020 10.2% 8.7% 212,902
June 2020 11.1% 8.7% 211,612
May 2020 13.3% 12.4% 299,668
April 2020 14.8% 12.8% 303,360
March 2020 4.4% 3.2% 76,369
February 2020 3.5% 2.5% 58,631
January 2020 3.5% 2.4% 56,599