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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 October 2018 to 3.1%. 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 9.3% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Hilton Head Island 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
Hilton Head Island 3.1% 0.0 -0.9
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: 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 4,446 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,523 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 152.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Hilton Head Island 2,675 +36 -757

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
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.1% 2,675
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.1% 2,639
August
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.1% 2,724
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.1% 2,669
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 3.0% 2,630
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 2.9% 2,523
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

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.