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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in May 2020 at 11.9% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
South Carolina 3.7% -0.2 -1.9
Greenville 3.1% -0.2 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 May 2020 at 51,223. There are now 37,558 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 13,665 -600 -6,329

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 3.7% 3.1% 13,665
October
2021
4.6% 3.9% 3.3% 14,265
September
2021
4.7% 4.1% 3.4% 14,952
August
2021
5.2% 4.2% 3.5% 15,397
July
2021
5.4% 4.3% 3.5% 15,335
June
2021
5.9% 4.5% 3.4% 15,044
May
2021
5.8% 4.6% 3.3% 14,378
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 5.3% 3.8% 16,249

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.