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Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sumter fell 0.9 percentage points in April 2018 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Sumter peaked in February 2010 at 12.8% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sumter unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
South Carolina 4.2% -0.2 -0.1
Sumter 4.5% -0.9 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Sumter, South Carolina, National

Sumter, South Carolina monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Sumter, South Carolina Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Sumter peaked in February 2010 at 5,699. There are now 3,752 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Sumter employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sumter, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Sumter 1,947 -423 -381

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.0%
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.5% 1,947
March
2018
4.1% 4.4% 5.4% 2,370
February
2018
4.1% 4.4% 5.4% 2,399
January
2018
4.1% 4.3% 5.5% 2,444
December
2017
4.1% 4.2% 5.1% 2,269
November
2017
4.1% 4.2% 5.1% 2,269
October
2017
4.1% 4.2% 5.2% 2,273
September
2017
4.2% 4.2% 5.3% 2,327
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 5.4% 2,368
July
2017
4.3% 4.2% 5.2% 2,302
June
2017
4.3% 4.2% 5.1% 2,248

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.