South Carolina Monthly Employment Statistics

  • 152,936 employed workers
  • 2,264,535 unemployed workers
  • 6.3% unemployment rate

Workforce Data

The total employment for South Carolina is 2,092,200, which is 19,700 greater than last month, an increase of 0.95%. The total employment a year ago was 2,180,100, which is -87,900 greater than today. Employment has decreased by 4.03% in the last year. Last months' total employment data was updated but changed less than 0.05%, a fairly insignificant amount. Last months total employment was revised to 2,073 from 2,073.

The Trade, Transport and Utilities sectors are the leading employers in South Carolina. There are 396,400 employees in the sector. Last month the sector had 393,300 employees last month, an increase of 3,100 (0.79%). Last year the sector had 414,200 employees last year, a decrease of 17,800 (4.30%).

The chart below illustrates the total monthly employment:

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate decreased in July, 2019 from 8.7% to this months' 6.3%. A year ago the unemployment rate was 3.2%, 3.1% higher today. The total workforce in July, 2019 was 2,417,471, which is 1.7% lower than last months 2,458,905 and is -1.7% higher than last years 2,382,215. The total number of unemployed in South Carolina is 2,264,535 as compared to the revised figure from last month of 2,246,003 and 2,304,906 unemployed a year ago.

The chart below illustrates the change in the unemployment rate over the last year in South Carolina:






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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.