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Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spartanburg fell 0.7 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Spartanburg peaked in January 2010 at 13.3% and is now 10.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Spartanburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
South Carolina 4.2% -0.2 -0.1
Spartanburg 3.3% -0.7 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Spartanburg, South Carolina, National

Spartanburg, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Spartanburg peaked in June 2009 at 19,200. There are now 13,959 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Spartanburg 5,241 -1,212 -1,016

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.0%
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.3% 5,241
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.0% 6,453
February
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.2% 6,649
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.4% 6,940
December
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.1% 6,567
November
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.1% 6,508
October
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.0% 6,435
September
2017
4.2% 4.2% 4.1% 6,491
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.2% 6,740
July
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.3% 6,744
June
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.0% 6,347

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.