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April 2018 SC Unemployment Rates

South Carolina's Employment Situation April 2018

Unemployment rate declines to 4.2 percent, employment continues record climb

South Carolina's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent in April, down from 4.4 percent in March as the number of employed reached a new all-time high. The number of individuals working across the state inched upward in April by 318 people to a record level of 2,225,570. Unemployment decreased in April by 4,157 to a level of 97,922, resulting in the state's labor force declining by 3,839 to 2,323,492. Since April of 2017, the seasonally adjusted labor force has grown by 15,916 people, and employment gains totaled 16,266. The level of unemployed declined by approximately 350 people. Nationally, the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent from March's rate of 4.1 percent. Similar to the state, driving the national rate lower was a decline in the labor force as fewer people looked for work.

Unemployment Rates Ranked By County (unadjusted)
Rank County April
2018
March
2018
April
2017
1 Fairfield 5.9 8.0 5.1
2 Bamberg 5.1 6.9 6.7
3 Allendale 5.0 7.0 6.2
4 Marion 4.9 6.7 6.9
5 Lee 4.7 5.8 5.7
6 Williamsburg 4.7 6.4 5.6
7 Orangeburg 4.5 6.3 6.0
8 Marlboro 4.4 6.0 5.9
9 Barnwell 4.2 5.8 5.4
10 Chester 4.2 5.5 5.1
11 Clarendon 4.0 5.6 5.4
12 Dillon 4.0 5.4 5.1
13 Georgetown 3.7 5.4 4.9
14 Colleton 3.5 4.9 4.0
15 Sumter 3.5 5.0 4.8
16 Union 3.5 4.9 4.3
17 Horry 3.4 5.1 4.2
18 Darlington 3.3 4.7 4.5
19 Abbeville 3.1 4.6 3.9
20 Calhoun 3.1 4.5 4.5
21 Florence 3.1 4.3 4.1
22 Lancaster 3.1 4.4 4.0
23 Cherokee 3.0 4.3 4.1
24 Greenwood 3.0 4.3 4.0
25 Laurens 3.0 4.3 3.8
26 Hampton 2.9 4.3 3.8
27 Kershaw 2.9 4.1 4.0
28 Edgefield 2.8 4.3 4.0
29 Richland 2.8 4.0 3.6
30 Chesterfield 2.7 3.9 3.9
31 McCormick 2.7 4.2 3.9
32 Oconee 2.7 4.0 3.6
33 York 2.7 3.9 3.4
34 Aiken 2.6 3.9 3.5
35 Anderson 2.6 3.8 3.3
36 Pickens 2.6 3.9 3.5
37 Beaufort 2.5 3.9 3.5
38 Berkeley 2.5 3.6 3.4
39 Newberry 2.5 3.8 3.3
40 Saluda 2.5 3.7 3.4
41 Spartanburg 2.5 3.7 3.4
42 Dorchester 2.4 3.6 3.3
43 Jasper 2.4 3.6 3.1
44 Lexington 2.4 3.4 3.0
45 Greenville 2.3 3.5 3.2
46 Charleston 2.2 3.3 3.1

Source: www.sces.org, May 2018

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