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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2022 to 3.0%. 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 November 2009 at 9.9% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
South Carolina 3.2% 0.0 -0.8
Columbia 3.0% -0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 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 December 2009 at 36,526. There are now 24,340 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,349 in September 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,837. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 12,186 -554 -2,169

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 3.2% 3.0% 12,186
June
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.2% 12,740
May
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.3% 13,068
April
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.3% 13,088
March
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.3% 13,226
February
2022
3.8% 3.5% 3.3% 13,257
January
2022
4.0% 3.5% 3.2% 12,882
December
2021
3.9% 3.6% 3.3% 13,093
November
2021
4.2% 3.6% 3.3% 13,044
October
2021
4.6% 3.6% 3.3% 13,047
September
2021
4.7% 3.8% 3.4% 13,363

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.