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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 3.8%. 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 January 2010 at 9.6% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% 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 November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
South Carolina 4.4% +0.2 +2.0
Columbia 3.8% +0.2 +1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 23,236 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 473. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 15,073 +473 +6,214

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 4.4% 3.8% 15,073
October
2020
6.9% 4.2% 3.6% 14,600
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 4.3% 17,482
August
2020
8.4% 6.4% 5.4% 22,050
July
2020
10.2% 8.7% 7.3% 30,082
June
2020
11.1% 8.7% 7.3% 29,577
May
2020
13.3% 12.4% 9.4% 38,309
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 2.4% 2.3% 9,265

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.