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Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spartanburg fell 0.8 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Spartanburg peaked in April 2020 at 15.5% and is now 0.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Spartanburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
South Carolina 12.4% -0.4 +9.3
Spartanburg 14.7% -0.8 +11.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 26,856. There are now 1,420 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Spartanburg 25,436 -1,420 +20,873

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.7%
May
2020
13.3% 12.4% 14.7% 25,436
April
2020
14.7% 12.8% 15.5% 26,856
March
2020
4.4% 3.2% 2.6% 4,246
February
2020
3.5% 2.5% 2.4% 3,986
January
2020
3.6% 2.4% 2.3% 3,832
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.3% 3,783
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.3% 3,752
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.3% 3,757
September
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.3% 3,791
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 2.3% 3,878

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.