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Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hilton Head Island fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Hilton Head Island peaked in December 2009 at 9.3% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Hilton Head Island unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
South Carolina 4.0% -0.2 -0.2
Hilton Head Island 2.9% -0.3 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, National

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Hilton Head Island peaked in February 2010 at 7,121. There are now 4,600 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Hilton Head Island 2,521 -258 -777

Number of Unemployed Persons

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Hilton Head Island
Unemployment Rate
Hilton Head Island
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 2.9% 2,521
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.2% 2,779
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.0% 3,547
February
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.2% 3,681
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.3% 3,789
December
2017
4.1% 4.2% 3.9% 3,412
November
2017
4.1% 4.2% 3.9% 3,396
October
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.0% 3,432
September
2017
4.2% 4.2% 4.0% 3,459
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.9% 3,384
July
2017
4.3% 4.2% 3.8% 3,273

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.