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Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 12.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate for Charleston in April 2020 is at a new high. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
South Carolina 12.4% -0.4 +9.3
Charleston 12.3% 0.0 +9.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 in May 2020 is at a new high of 48,356. Charleston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charleston, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 48,356 +626 +38,247

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.7%
May
2020
13.3% 12.4% 12.3% 48,356
April
2020
14.7% 12.8% 12.3% 47,730
March
2020
4.4% 3.2% 2.3% 9,153
February
2020
3.5% 2.5% 2.1% 8,560
January
2020
3.6% 2.4% 2.0% 8,161
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.0% 7,917
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.0% 7,839
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.0% 7,861
September
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.0% 7,972
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.1% 8,224

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.