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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Myrtle Beach fell 3.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 18.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 6.3 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Myrtle Beach peaked in April 2020 at 22.0% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Myrtle Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
South Carolina 12.4% -0.4 +9.3
Myrtle Beach 18.7% -3.3 +14.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 5,218 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Myrtle Beach 36,529 -5,218 +27,592

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
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.7%
May
2020
13.3% 12.4% 18.7% 36,529
April
2020
14.7% 12.8% 22.0% 41,747
March
2020
4.4% 3.2% 4.1% 8,359
February
2020
3.5% 2.5% 3.3% 6,854
January
2020
3.6% 2.4% 3.4% 6,909
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 3.1% 6,475
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 3.3% 6,804
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 3.5% 7,189
September
2019
3.5% 2.4% 3.7% 7,610
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 4.0% 8,040

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.