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Florence, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Florence rose 0.2 percentage points in January 2021 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Florence peaked in January 2010 at 12.3% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in November 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.1 percentage points. You can also compare Florence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
South Carolina 5.3% -0.3 +2.7
Florence 4.6% +0.2 +2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 February 2010 at 11,656. There are now 7,200 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,456 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,000. Florence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Florence, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Florence 4,456 +156 +1,927

Number of Unemployed Persons

Florence, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2%
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.6% 4,456
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.4% 4,300
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.3% 4,173
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 3.9% 3,822
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 4.7% 4,535
August
2020
8.4% 5.4% 5.8% 5,829
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 7.6% 7,728
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 7.3% 7,432
May
2020
13.3% 11.5% 9.4% 9,386
April
2020
14.8% 11.5% 9.1% 8,723

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.