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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Myrtle Beach fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 4.4%. 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 12.9% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in February 2019, 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 August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
South Carolina 3.2% -0.2 0.0
Myrtle Beach 4.4% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 23,126. There are now 14,000 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,307 in February 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 819.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Myrtle Beach 9,126 -97 +52

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
September
2019
3.5% 2.9%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 4.4% 9,126
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 4.5% 9,223
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 4.4% 9,119
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 4.3% 8,883
April
2019
3.6% 3.4% 4.2% 8,591
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 4.1% 8,411
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 4.1% 8,307
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 4.2% 8,508
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 4.4% 8,723
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 4.4% 8,732
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 4.4% 8,801

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.