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Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spartanburg rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Spartanburg peaked in April 2020 at 15.5% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Spartanburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
South Carolina 4.4% +0.2 +2.0
Spartanburg 4.8% +0.1 +2.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 19,293 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Spartanburg 7,563 -96 +3,811

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 4.4% 4.8% 7,563
October
2020
6.9% 4.2% 4.7% 7,659
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 5.9% 9,628
August
2020
8.4% 6.4% 7.2% 12,025
July
2020
10.2% 8.7% 9.6% 16,459
June
2020
11.1% 8.7% 9.6% 16,436
May
2020
13.3% 12.4% 14.5% 24,932
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 2.4% 2.3% 3,832

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.