Counties with the highest unemployment rate in South Carolina

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September 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in South Carolina

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of August of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.1% higher than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in New Mexico and 5.2% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in South Carolina using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in July 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#46. Lexington County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 149,832 (3,956 unemployed)
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#45. Saluda County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 8,369 (220 unemployed)
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#44. Charleston County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 218,548 (5,859 unemployed)
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#43. Newberry County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 19,090 (522 unemployed)
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#42. Dorchester County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 80,743 (2,251 unemployed)
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#41. Greenville County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 259,346 (7,136 unemployed)
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#40. Aiken County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 74,262 (2,169 unemployed)
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#39. Berkeley County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 111,281 (3,199 unemployed)
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#38. Jasper County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 13,544 (399 unemployed)
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#37. Anderson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 91,295 (2,729 unemployed)
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#36. Beaufort County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 78,654 (2,331 unemployed)
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#35. Edgefield County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 10,418 (310 unemployed)
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#34. Hampton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 7,987 (243 unemployed)
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#33. Oconee County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 33,432 (1,048 unemployed)
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#32. Pickens County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 57,880 (1,814 unemployed)
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#31. York County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 149,083 (4,619 unemployed)
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#30. Kershaw County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 29,122 (944 unemployed)
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#29. Spartanburg County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 156,609 (5,028 unemployed)
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#28. Florence County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 64,980 (2,165 unemployed)
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#27. Richland County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 195,467 (6,532 unemployed)
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#26. Colleton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 15,998 (543 unemployed)
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#25. Laurens County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 30,042 (1,008 unemployed)
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#24. Calhoun County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 6,366 (225 unemployed)
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#23. Chesterfield County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 21,323 (746 unemployed)
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#22. Lancaster County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 43,870 (1,548 unemployed)
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#21. Georgetown County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 26,622 (967 unemployed)
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#20. Horry County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 155,580 (5,541 unemployed)
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#19. Darlington County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 29,372 (1,100 unemployed)
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#18. Greenwood County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 28,620 (1,080 unemployed)
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#17. McCormick County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 3,278 (124 unemployed)
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#16. Sumter County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 41,664 (1,569 unemployed)
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#15. Clarendon County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 11,883 (474 unemployed)
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#14. Abbeville County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 9,117 (370 unemployed)
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#13. Cherokee County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 23,584 (1,004 unemployed)
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#12. Chester County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.7%
-Total Labor Force: 13,503 (630 unemployed)
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#11. Fairfield County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 9,165 (446 unemployed)
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#10. Lee County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 6,383 (312 unemployed)
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#9. Barnwell County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 7,492 (378 unemployed)
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#8. Dillon County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 12,408 (617 unemployed)
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#7. Williamsburg County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 10,867 (559 unemployed)
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#6. Marion County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 12,783 (683 unemployed)
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#5. Union County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.6%
-Total Labor Force: 11,490 (660 unemployed)
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#4. Orangeburg County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 32,332 (1,891 unemployed)
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#3. Bamberg County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.2%
-Total Labor Force: 4,370 (280 unemployed)
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#2. Allendale County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.5%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 2,314 (151 unemployed)
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#1. Marlboro County

- Current Unemployment rate: 7.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 8,283 (599 unemployed)

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