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Florence, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Florence rose 0.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.7 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Florence peaked in January 2010 at 12.3% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in November 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 7.2 percentage points. You can also compare Florence unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
South Carolina 12.4% -0.4 +9.3
Florence 9.7% +0.6 +6.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 2,129 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 7,071. Florence employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Florence, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Florence 9,527 +804 +6,261

Number of Unemployed Persons

Florence, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployment Rate
Florence
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.7%
May
2020
13.3% 12.4% 9.7% 9,527
April
2020
14.7% 12.8% 9.1% 8,723
March
2020
4.4% 3.2% 2.8% 2,756
February
2020
3.5% 2.5% 2.7% 2,600
January
2020
3.6% 2.4% 2.6% 2,529
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.5% 2,456
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.5% 2,466
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.6% 2,507
September
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.6% 2,573
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.7% 2,679

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.