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Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sumter fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Sumter peaked in February 2010 at 12.8% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in May 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
South Carolina 3.3% 0.0 -0.9
Sumter 3.9% 0.0 -1.3
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: 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 4,006 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,689 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4. Sumter employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sumter, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Sumter 1,693 +4 -580

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.9% 1,693
September
2018
3.7% 3.3% 3.9% 1,689
August
2018
3.9% 3.4% 3.9% 1,700
July
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.9% 1,711
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 3.9% 1,696
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.9% 1,713
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

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.