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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 October 2018 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Myrtle Beach peaked in February 2010 at 13.0% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Myrtle Beach 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
Myrtle Beach 4.5% 0.0 -0.7
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: 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 23,278. There are now 14,384 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,068 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 826.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Myrtle Beach 8,894 +38 -1,208

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
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.3% 4.5% 8,894
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 4.5% 8,856
August
2018
3.9% 3.4% 4.6% 9,126
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 4.6% 9,097
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 4.4% 8,675
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 4.1% 8,068
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.5% 8,701
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 5.1% 10,013
February
2018
4.1% 4.4% 5.1% 10,103
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 5.1% 10,089
December
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.9% 9,641

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.