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Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sumter fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.5%. 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 9.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sumter unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
South Carolina 3.2% 0.0 -0.6
Sumter 3.5% -0.2 -1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 4,143 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Sumter 1,556 -69 -843

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sumter, South Carolina Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
South Carolina
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployment Rate
Sumter
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.2%
February
2019
3.8% 3.2% 3.5% 1,556
January
2019
4.0% 3.2% 3.7% 1,625
December
2018
3.9% 3.2% 3.8% 1,693
November
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.9% 1,704
October
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.9% 1,692
September
2018
3.7% 3.2% 3.9% 1,689
August
2018
3.8% 3.2% 3.9% 1,700
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 3.9% 1,711
June
2018
4.0% 3.3% 3.9% 1,696
May
2018
3.8% 3.4% 3.9% 1,713
April
2018
3.9% 3.5% 4.5% 1,947

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.