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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 February 2019 to 3.9%. 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 9.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Myrtle Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
South Carolina 3.2% 0.0 -0.6
Myrtle Beach 3.9% -0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 23,278. There are now 15,403 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Myrtle Beach 7,875 -231 -2,228

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
2019
3.8% 3.2%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.9% 7,875
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 4.0% 8,106
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 4.1% 8,291
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 4.2% 8,352
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 4.5% 8,938
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 4.5% 8,856
August
2018
3.8% 3.2% 4.6% 9,126
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 4.6% 9,097
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 4.4% 8,675
May
2018
3.8% 3.4% 4.1% 8,068
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 4.5% 8,701

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.