SC Unemployment Rate Unchanged April-May > Columbia Business Report


South Carolina’s unemployment rate in May was unchanged from April at 3.3%, with the recreation and hospitality industry adding 4,000 jobs and manufacturing adding 2,200.

While the overall rate remained the same, unemployment rose in all SC counties, according to the SC Department of Employment and ManpowerSeasonally adjusted monthly survey of . In Richland County, unemployment rose to 3.2% from April to May, while Lexington County saw an increase from 2.1% to 2.5%.

DEW estimated the number of working South Carolinians at 2,322,089, an increase of 9,435 from the April estimate and 55,543 from the May 2021 estimate. agency on the number of unemployed people showed little change at 79,162, while the state’s estimated labor force, or people working most of the unemployed looking for work, rose to 2,401,251. is an increase of 9,432 from April and 36,781 from May 2021.

DEW data shows South Carolina added 12,400 non-farm payrolls month-over-month and 72,200 from May 2021. From April to May, education and health services also added employment, gaining 2,100, while no industry recorded a decline in employment.

Year-over-year, 22,600 jobs were added in leisure and hospitality and 18,500 in trade, transportation and utilities, according to DEW. Education and health services was the only industry to see a 12-month decline, losing 600 jobs.

The Columbia Metropolitan Statistical Area added 500 jobs month over month and gained 3,000 year over year. Charleston/North Charleston gained 1,400 jobs from April to May and added 16,100 as of May 2021.

Greenville/Anderson/Mauldin added 1,700 jobs month-over-month and 18,600 year-over-year, while Spartanburg saw increases of 500 and 4,400, respectively.

“The state’s labor force is again at 2,401,251, and the labor force participation rate is at 57.5 percent. This is ahead of the pre-pandemic rate in February 2020 of 57.4%,” said Dan Ellzey, executive director of DEW, in a press release. “At the same time that we’ve had all of these gains, South Carolina now has the highest number of job postings in SC Works Online Services in recorded history with over 114,000 posts.

Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.


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