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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 2021 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Myrtle Beach peaked in April 2020 at 22.0% and is now 16.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Myrtle Beach 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
Myrtle Beach 5.7% 0.0 +2.4
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: 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 April 2020 at 41,747. There are now 30,284 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,290 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 173.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Myrtle Beach 11,463 +173 +4,609

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
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 5.7% 11,463
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 5.7% 11,290
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.8% 11,352
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.9% 11,393
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 6.0% 11,583
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 7.1% 13,608
August
2020
8.4% 5.4% 8.6% 16,475
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 11.3% 22,298
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 11.2% 22,046
May
2020
13.3% 11.5% 18.3% 35,878
April
2020
14.8% 11.5% 22.0% 41,747

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.