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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in January 2010 at 9.6% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
South Carolina 3.4% -0.1 +0.1
Columbia 3.2% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 February 2010 at 35,650. There are now 22,829 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,297 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 524. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 12,821 -441 +482

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2%
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.2% 12,821
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 13,262
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.3% 13,388
April
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.3% 13,091
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.2% 12,802
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 12,507
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.2% 12,578
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.1% 12,463
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.1% 12,441
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 12,379

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.