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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 April 2021 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in May 2020 at 11.9% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
South Carolina 5.0% -0.1 -6.5
Greenville 4.3% +0.2 -7.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May 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 32,672 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,249 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,302.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 18,551 +537 -31,307

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.3% 18,551
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
August
2020
8.4% 5.4% 4.6% 19,951
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 7.0% 31,046
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 7.3% 31,799

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.