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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 May 2020 to 12.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in April 2020 at 12.5% and is now 0.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
South Carolina 12.4% -0.4 +9.3
Greenville 12.4% -0.1 +9.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 in May 2020 is at a new high of 55,373.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 55,373 +528 +43,550

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 8.7%
May
2020
13.3% 12.4% 12.4% 55,373
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 2.4% 2.3% 9,859
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.2% 9,642
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.2% 9,503
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.2% 9,471
September
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.2% 9,546
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.3% 9,790
July
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.4% 10,285

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.