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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 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 February 2010 at 9.7% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
South Carolina 3.2% 0.0 -0.6
Columbia 3.0% -0.2 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 February 2010 at 36,022. There are now 23,992 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 12,030 -871 -5,802

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.2%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 12,030
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.2% 12,901
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.2% 12,993
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.2% 12,672
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 12,475
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.1% 12,282
August
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 12,432
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.1% 12,345
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 3.1% 12,132
May
2018
3.8% 3.4% 3.1% 12,248
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.5% 13,915

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.