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Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hilton Head Island fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Hilton Head Island peaked in December 2009 at 9.4% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Hilton Head Island unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
South Carolina 3.2% -0.2 0.0
Hilton Head Island 3.0% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 June 2011 at 7,034. There are now 4,335 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,630 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 69.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Hilton Head Island 2,699 -136 +69

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
September
2019
3.5% 2.9%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.0% 2,699
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.1% 2,835
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 2,893
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.2% 2,885
April
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.1% 2,783
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 2,715
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 2,637
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.0% 2,653
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.0% 2,658
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.0% 2,656
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 2,648

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.