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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in November 2009 at 9.9% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.6 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
South Carolina 4.3% -0.2 -3.3
Columbia 3.7% +0.1 -2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Columbia, South Carolina, National

Columbia, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Columbia peaked in December 2009 at 36,526. There are now 21,806 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,400 in September 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,320. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 14,720 +209 -12,606

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.3% 3.7% 14,720
June
2021
5.9% 4.5% 3.6% 14,511
May
2021
5.8% 4.6% 3.5% 14,120
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.6% 18,518
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.5% 18,230
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.4% 17,876
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.3% 17,155
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.3% 21,001
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.2% 20,719
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 4.9% 20,234
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 4.7% 19,481

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.