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Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Hilton Head Island rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Hilton Head Island peaked in April 2020 at 11.9% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Hilton Head Island unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
South Carolina 5.2% -0.1 +2.4
Hilton Head Island 3.9% +0.2 +1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 May 2020 at 10,391. There are now 6,891 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,136 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 364.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Hilton Head Island 3,500 +164 +1,425

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
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 3.9% 3,500
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 3.7% 3,336
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 3.5% 3,214
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 3.4% 3,142
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 3.4% 3,136
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 4.1% 3,711
August
2020
8.4% 5.4% 5.2% 4,852
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 7.4% 6,836
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 7.4% 6,901
May
2020
13.3% 11.5% 11.5% 10,391
April
2020
14.8% 11.5% 11.9% 10,344

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.