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Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spartanburg fell 0.8 percentage points in May 2021 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Spartanburg peaked in April 2020 at 13.9% and is now 10.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Spartanburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
South Carolina 4.6% -0.4 -6.9
Spartanburg 3.8% -0.8 -9.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 24,261. There are now 17,843 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Spartanburg 6,418 -1,418 -17,042

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 4.6% 3.8% 6,418
April
2021
6.1% 5.0% 4.6% 7,836
March
2021
6.0% 5.1% 4.5% 7,522
February
2021
6.2% 5.2% 4.3% 7,206
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 4.2% 6,889
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.2% 8,630
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.5% 9,118
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 5.5% 9,674
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 5.9% 10,300
August
2020
8.4% 5.4% 5.7% 9,787
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 8.3% 14,286

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.