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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia rose 0.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.9 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in January 2010 at 9.6% and is now 0.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 7.3 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
South Carolina 12.4% -0.4 +9.3
Columbia 9.5% +0.7 +6.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 in May 2020 is at a new high of 38,817. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 38,817 +3,965 +27,229

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 8.7%
May
2020
13.3% 12.4% 9.5% 38,817
April
2020
14.7% 12.8% 8.8% 34,852
March
2020
4.4% 3.2% 2.5% 10,404
February
2020
3.5% 2.5% 2.4% 9,739
January
2020
3.6% 2.4% 2.3% 9,265
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.2% 8,900
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.2% 8,859
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.2% 8,924
September
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.2% 9,096
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.3% 9,426
July
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.5% 9,972

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.