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Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Charleston rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Charleston peaked in May 2020 at 11.8% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
South Carolina 5.0% -0.1 -6.5
Charleston 4.5% +0.1 -7.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 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 May 2020 at 45,474. There are now 27,868 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,357 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,249. Charleston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charleston, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 17,606 +220 -26,472

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.5% 17,606
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.4% 17,386
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.4% 17,039
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.2% 16,357
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.0% 19,454
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.2% 20,063
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 5.1% 20,678
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 5.2% 20,927
August
2020
8.4% 5.4% 5.4% 21,331
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 7.9% 31,773
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 7.6% 29,927

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.