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Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charleston peaked in April 2020 at 11.6% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
South Carolina 3.3% -0.1 -0.9
Charleston 3.0% -0.1 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Charleston, South Carolina, National

Charleston, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Charleston, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Charleston peaked in April 2020 at 43,442. There are now 31,082 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,256 in January 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 104. Charleston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charleston, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 12,360 -144 -3,189

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.0% 12,360
March
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.1% 12,504
February
2022
3.8% 3.5% 3.1% 12,582
January
2022
4.0% 3.5% 3.1% 12,256
December
2021
3.9% 3.6% 3.1% 12,494
November
2021
4.2% 3.6% 3.1% 12,443
October
2021
4.6% 3.6% 3.1% 12,455
September
2021
4.7% 3.8% 3.2% 12,784
August
2021
5.2% 3.9% 3.3% 13,259
July
2021
5.4% 4.0% 3.5% 13,812
June
2021
5.9% 4.1% 3.6% 14,382

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.