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Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sumter rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Sumter peaked in February 2010 at 12.7% and is now 1.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 8.5 percentage points. You can also compare Sumter 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
Sumter 11.4% +0.1 +7.8
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: 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 497 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,265 in November 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,903. Sumter employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sumter, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Sumter 5,168 +59 +3,601

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.7%
May
2020
13.3% 12.4% 11.4% 5,168
April
2020
14.7% 12.8% 11.3% 5,109
March
2020
4.4% 3.2% 3.3% 1,450
February
2020
3.5% 2.5% 3.1% 1,361
January
2020
3.6% 2.4% 3.0% 1,304
December
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.9% 1,273
November
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.9% 1,265
October
2019
3.6% 2.4% 2.9% 1,270
September
2019
3.5% 2.4% 2.9% 1,287
August
2019
3.7% 2.5% 3.0% 1,323

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.