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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 July 2021 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in May 2020 at 11.9% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
South Carolina 4.3% -0.2 -3.3
Greenville 3.5% +0.1 -3.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 May 2020 at 51,223. There are now 35,907 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,378 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 938.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 15,316 +272 -15,730

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.3% 3.5% 15,316
June
2021
5.9% 4.5% 3.4% 15,044
May
2021
5.8% 4.6% 3.3% 14,378
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.3% 18,554
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.1% 18,014
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.0% 17,244
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 3.8% 16,249
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.5% 19,436
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.7% 19,994
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 4.6% 20,355
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 4.6% 20,077

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.