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Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Columbia fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.1%. 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 6.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Columbia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
South Carolina 3.3% 0.0 -0.9
Columbia 3.1% 0.0 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 23,553 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,132 in June 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 337. Columbia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Columbia, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Columbia 12,469 +187 -4,455

Number of Unemployed Persons

Columbia, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployment Rate
Columbia
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.1% 12,469
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.1% 12,282
August
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.1% 12,432
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.1% 12,345
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 3.1% 12,132
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.1% 12,248
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

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.