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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2022 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in April 2020 at 11.7% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in September 2022, 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 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
South Carolina 3.3% 0.0 -0.3
Greenville 2.8% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 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 April 2020 at 49,309. There are now 36,979 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,057 in September 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 273.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 12,330 -183 -1,129

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 3.3% 2.8% 12,330
October
2022
3.7% 3.3% 2.8% 12,513
September
2022
3.5% 3.2% 2.7% 12,057
August
2022
3.7% 3.1% 2.8% 12,102
July
2022
3.5% 3.2% 2.9% 12,553
June
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.0% 13,028
May
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.0% 13,301
April
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.0% 13,331
March
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.1% 13,533
February
2022
3.8% 3.5% 3.1% 13,577
January
2022
4.0% 3.5% 3.0% 13,238

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.