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Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hilton Head Island fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Hilton Head Island peaked in April 2020 at 11.3% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in May 2021, 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
South Carolina 4.3% -0.2 -3.3
Hilton Head Island 3.3% 0.0 -2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 April 2020 at 9,626. There are now 6,525 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,035 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 66.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Hilton Head Island 3,101 +20 -2,564

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
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.3% 3.3% 3,101
June
2021
5.9% 4.5% 3.3% 3,081
May
2021
5.8% 4.6% 3.3% 3,035
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.2% 3,809
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.1% 3,779
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.1% 3,680
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 3.9% 3,542
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.8% 4,326
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.7% 4,222
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 4.4% 4,070
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 4.3% 3,912

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.