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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville rose 0.2 percentage points in January 2021 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in April 2020 at 12.5% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville 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
Greenville 4.0% +0.2 +1.7
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: 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 38,017 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 15,987 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,255.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 17,242 +763 +7,383

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2%
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.0% 17,242
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 3.8% 16,479
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 3.7% 15,987
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 3.7% 16,358
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 4.4% 19,643
August
2020
8.4% 5.4% 5.7% 25,610
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 8.0% 36,451
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 8.1% 36,760
May
2020
13.3% 11.5% 12.4% 55,259
April
2020
14.8% 11.5% 12.5% 54,845

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.