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Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sumter fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2021 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the South Carolina rate. The unemployment rate in Sumter peaked in February 2010 at 12.7% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in September 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.3 percentage points. You can also compare Sumter unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
South Carolina 5.3% -0.3 +2.7
Sumter 5.2% 0.0 +2.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 3,416 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 984. Sumter employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sumter, South Carolina) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Sumter 2,249 +67 +945

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 5.2%
January
2021
6.3% 5.3% 5.2% 2,249
December
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.2% 2,182
November
2020
6.7% 5.6% 5.1% 2,152
October
2020
6.9% 5.4% 4.9% 2,157
September
2020
7.8% 5.4% 6.2% 2,723
August
2020
8.4% 5.4% 7.5% 3,337
July
2020
10.2% 7.6% 9.6% 4,405
June
2020
11.1% 7.7% 8.4% 3,826
May
2020
13.3% 11.5% 11.4% 5,154
April
2020
14.8% 11.5% 11.3% 5,109

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.