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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 3.0%. 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 11.2% and is now 8.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
South Carolina 3.4% -0.1 +0.1
Greenville 3.0% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 43,482. There are now 30,401 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,473 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 608.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 13,081 -372 +608

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2%
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.0% 13,081
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.1% 13,453
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.1% 13,530
April
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.1% 13,168
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 12,927
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.9% 12,590
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.0% 12,775
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.0% 12,759
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.0% 12,747
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 12,703

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.