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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Myrtle Beach rose 0.2 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Myrtle Beach peaked in April 2020 at 20.4% and is now 15.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Myrtle Beach unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
South Carolina 4.3% -0.2 -3.3
Myrtle Beach 5.3% +0.2 -5.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 39,092. There are now 28,427 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,895 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,770.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Myrtle Beach 10,665 +526 -10,478

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
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 4.3% 5.3% 10,665
June
2021
5.9% 4.5% 5.1% 10,139
May
2021
5.8% 4.6% 4.7% 9,274
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 5.4% 10,772
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 5.1% 10,151
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.8% 9,516
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.5% 8,895
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.9% 11,712
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 6.4% 12,724
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 6.8% 13,949
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 7.5% 15,366

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.