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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2018 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Columbia peaked in February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
South Carolina 4.0% -0.2 -0.2
Columbia 3.1% -0.4 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 peaked in February 2010 at 36,022. There are now 23,778 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 12,244 -1,671 -3,498

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.1% 12,244
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.5% 13,915
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.2% 17,087
February
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.4% 17,832
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.6% 18,542
December
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.3% 17,241
November
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.3% 17,059
October
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.2% 16,924
September
2017
4.2% 4.2% 4.2% 17,020
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.2% 16,880
July
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.0% 16,087

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.