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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville 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
Greenville 2.8% -0.2 -1.2
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: Greenville, South Carolina, National

Greenville, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Greenville peaked in January 2010 at 44,083. There are now 32,188 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 11,895 -978 -5,255

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.2%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.8% 11,895
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.0% 12,873
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.1% 13,319
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.1% 12,997
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 12,915
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.0% 12,529
August
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 12,546
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.0% 12,544
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 2.9% 12,169
May
2018
3.8% 3.4% 2.8% 11,900
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.1% 13,366

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.