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Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Myrtle Beach fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2018 to 5.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Myrtle Beach peaked in February 2010 at 13.0% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Myrtle Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
South Carolina 4.4% +0.1 0.0
Myrtle Beach 5.1% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, National

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Myrtle Beach peaked in February 2010 at 23,216. There are now 13,146 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,240 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 830.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Myrtle Beach 10,070 -25 +356

Number of Unemployed Persons

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Myrtle Beach
Unemployment Rate
Myrtle Beach
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1% 4.4%
February
2018
4.1% 4.4% 5.1% 10,070
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 5.1% 10,095
December
2017
4.1% 4.2% 5.1% 9,838
November
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.9% 9,521
October
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.9% 9,485
September
2017
4.2% 4.2% 5.0% 9,545
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 5.2% 9,980
July
2017
4.3% 4.2% 5.1% 9,737
June
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.8% 9,240
May
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.8% 9,360
April
2017
4.4% 4.3% 4.9% 9,524

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.