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Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spartanburg fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Spartanburg peaked in January 2010 at 13.3% and is now 10.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Spartanburg 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
Spartanburg 2.8% -0.1 -1.4
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: 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 14,767 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Spartanburg 4,433 -280 -2,216

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.2%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 2.8% 4,433
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 2.9% 4,713
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.2% 5,021
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.2% 5,040
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.2% 4,998
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.1% 4,905
August
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 4,877
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.9% 4,637
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 2.9% 4,614
May
2018
3.8% 3.4% 2.9% 4,598
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 3.3% 5,243

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.