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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 September 2022 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 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 8.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in August 2022, 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 September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
South Carolina 3.2% +0.1 -0.6
Hilton Head Island 2.9% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 9,424. There are now 6,828 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Hilton Head Island 2,596 -5 -211

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
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.2% 2.9% 2,596
August
2022
3.7% 3.1% 2.9% 2,601
July
2022
3.5% 3.2% 3.0% 2,669
June
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.0% 2,766
May
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.1% 2,808
April
2022
3.6% 3.3% 3.1% 2,815
March
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.1% 2,855
February
2022
3.8% 3.5% 3.1% 2,840
January
2022
4.0% 3.5% 3.0% 2,716
December
2021
3.9% 3.6% 3.1% 2,763
November
2021
4.2% 3.6% 3.1% 2,755

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.