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Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spartanburg rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Spartanburg peaked in April 2020 at 15.5% and is now 10.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Spartanburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
South Carolina 5.2% -0.1 +2.4
Spartanburg 4.7% +0.1 +2.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 26,856. There are now 18,904 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,438 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 514.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Spartanburg 7,952 +212 +3,966

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.7% 7,952
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.6% 7,740
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.7% 7,524
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 4.7% 7,438
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 4.7% 7,659
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 5.9% 9,628
August
2020
8.4% 5.4% 7.2% 12,025
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 9.6% 16,459
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 9.6% 16,436
May
2020
13.3% 11.5% 14.5% 24,932
April
2020
14.8% 11.5% 15.5% 26,856

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.