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Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spartanburg fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Spartanburg peaked in January 2010 at 13.2% and is now 10.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Spartanburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
South Carolina 3.2% -0.2 0.0
Spartanburg 2.9% -0.2 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 19,154. There are now 14,414 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Spartanburg 4,740 -254 -118

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.9%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 2.9% 4,740
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.1% 4,994
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 5,140
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.2% 5,166
April
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.1% 5,003
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 4,877
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.0% 4,779
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.0% 4,867
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.1% 4,914
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.1% 4,919
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.1% 4,918

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.