South Carolina Employment Statistics

  • 136,808 employers
  • 2,092,971 employees
  • $859 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 22.0% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 1.7% below the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: South Carolina Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 23,162 more businesses
  • 327,232 more employees
  • 18.5% increase in total wages
  • $7,928 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 21.6% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: South Carolina Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Charleston County South Carolina, 14,781
County with the Most Employees: Greenville County South Carolina, 234,860
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Fairfield County South Carolina, $1,352
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Marlboro County South Carolina, 8.6%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of South Carolina, see: South Carolina Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of South Carolina see: South Carolina Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 2,297,651 employed workers
  • 81,750 unemployed workers
  • 3.4% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of South Carolina, see: South Carolina Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 139,013 employers, up 5.7% from 131,566
  • 2,137,664 employees, up 1.4% from 2,108,103
  • $867 average weekly wage, up 3.7% from $836
  • The average weekly wage is 20.8% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 4.1% below the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for South Carolina, see: South Carolina Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & 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.