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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in April 2020 at 12.5% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
South Carolina 4.4% +0.2 +2.0
Greenville 3.8% +0.1 +1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 May 2020 at 55,259. There are now 38,991 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 16,268 -90 +6,765

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7% 4.6%
November
2020
6.7% 4.4% 3.8% 16,268
October
2020
6.9% 4.2% 3.7% 16,358
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 4.4% 19,643
August
2020
8.4% 6.4% 5.7% 25,610
July
2020
10.2% 8.7% 8.0% 36,451
June
2020
11.1% 8.7% 8.1% 36,760
May
2020
13.3% 12.4% 12.4% 55,259
April
2020
14.8% 12.8% 12.5% 54,845
March
2020
4.4% 3.2% 2.5% 10,979
February
2020
3.5% 2.5% 2.3% 10,258
January
2020
3.5% 2.4% 2.3% 9,859

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.