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Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Greenville fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Greenville peaked in January 2010 at 11.4% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Greenville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
South Carolina 3.3% 0.0 -0.9
Greenville 3.0% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 44,083. There are now 31,168 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,900 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,015.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Greenville 12,915 +386 -3,015

Number of Unemployed Persons

Greenville, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployment Rate
Greenville
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.0% 12,915
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.0% 12,529
August
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.0% 12,546
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.0% 12,544
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 2.9% 12,169
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 2.8% 11,900
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.1% 13,366
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 3.9% 16,721
February
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.0% 17,150
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.2% 18,074
December
2017
4.1% 4.2% 3.9% 16,426

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.