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Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Spartanburg rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Spartanburg peaked in January 2010 at 13.3% and is now 10.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Spartanburg unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
South Carolina 3.3% 0.0 -0.9
Spartanburg 3.2% +0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 19,200. There are now 14,203 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,598 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 399.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Spartanburg 4,997 +92 -1,438

Number of Unemployed Persons

Spartanburg, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployment Rate
Spartanburg
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.2% 4,997
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.1% 4,905
August
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.1% 4,877
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 2.9% 4,637
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 2.9% 4,614
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 2.9% 4,598
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.3% 5,243
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.0% 6,453
February
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.2% 6,649
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.4% 6,940
December
2017
4.1% 4.2% 4.1% 6,567

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.