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Florence, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Florence rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Florence peaked in October 2009 at 12.6% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in August 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.6 percentage points. You can also compare Florence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
South Carolina 5.0% -0.1 -6.5
Florence 5.1% +0.1 -3.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Florence, South Carolina, National

Florence, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Florence, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Florence peaked in December 2009 at 11,940. There are now 6,987 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,374 in September 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,579. Florence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Florence, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Florence 4,953 +78 -3,545

Number of Unemployed Persons

Florence, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 5.1% 4,953
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 5.0% 4,875
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 5.0% 4,791
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.9% 4,702
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 6.0% 5,845
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.9% 5,745
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 5.6% 5,607
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 5.5% 5,443
August
2020
8.4% 5.4% 5.3% 5,228
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 7.5% 7,372
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 7.1% 6,869

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.