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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.3%. 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 January 2010 at 9.6% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.1 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
South Carolina 5.2% -0.1 +2.4
Columbia 4.3% +0.2 +1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 May 2020 at 38,309. There are now 20,918 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,600 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,791. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 17,391 +880 +7,652

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.3% 17,391
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.1% 16,511
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.0% 15,658
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 3.8% 14,891
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 3.6% 14,600
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 4.3% 17,482
August
2020
8.4% 5.4% 5.4% 22,050
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 7.3% 30,082
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 7.3% 29,577
May
2020
13.3% 11.5% 9.4% 38,309
April
2020
14.8% 11.5% 8.8% 34,852

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.