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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 November 2022 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charleston peaked in April 2020 at 11.6% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in August 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
South Carolina 3.3% 0.0 -0.3
Charleston 2.7% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December 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 32,363 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,867 in September 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 212. Charleston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charleston, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 11,079 -210 -1,364

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 3.3% 2.7% 11,079
October
2022
3.7% 3.3% 2.8% 11,289
September
2022
3.5% 3.2% 2.7% 10,867
August
2022
3.7% 3.1% 2.7% 10,904
July
2022
3.5% 3.2% 2.8% 11,396
June
2022
3.6% 3.2% 2.9% 11,967
May
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.0% 12,339
April
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.0% 12,358
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

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.