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Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sumter fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Sumter peaked in February 2010 at 12.7% and is now 9.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Sumter unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
South Carolina 3.2% -0.2 0.0
Sumter 3.7% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 June 2009 at 5,665. There are now 4,018 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,629 in February 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 18. Sumter employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sumter, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Sumter 1,647 -87 -17

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 2.9%
August
2019
3.7% 3.2% 3.7% 1,647
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.8% 1,734
June
2019
3.7% 3.5% 4.0% 1,780
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 4.0% 1,779
April
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.9% 1,725
March
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.8% 1,677
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.7% 1,629
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.7% 1,645
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.7% 1,657
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.7% 1,654
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.7% 1,651

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.