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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 August 2019 to 2.7%. 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 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Charleston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
South Carolina 3.2% -0.2 0.0
Charleston 2.7% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 January 2010 at 31,316. There are now 20,867 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,345 in July 2018, 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 August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Charleston 10,449 -658 +55

Number of Unemployed Persons

Charleston, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployment Rate
Charleston
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.9%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.7% 10,449
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.8% 11,107
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 2.9% 11,496
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.0% 11,668
April
2019
3.6% 3.4% 2.9% 11,363
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.9% 11,074
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.8% 10,751
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 2.8% 10,773
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 2.8% 10,676
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 2.8% 10,664
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 2.7% 10,606

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.