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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 October 2018 to 2.8%. 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 December 2009 at 9.8% and is now 7.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
South Carolina 3.3% 0.0 -0.9
Charleston 2.8% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 February 2010 at 31,668. There are now 21,046 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,971 in June 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 651. Charleston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Charleston, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 10,622 +266 -2,890

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.3% 2.8% 10,622
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 2.8% 10,356
August
2018
3.9% 3.4% 2.7% 10,347
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 2.7% 10,193
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 2.7% 9,971
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 2.7% 10,011
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.0% 11,306
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 3.7% 14,125
February
2018
4.1% 4.4% 3.8% 14,592
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.0% 14,999
December
2017
4.1% 4.2% 3.6% 13,721

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.