South Carolina's employment situation for April 2017

by Kristin Coulter | May 19, 2017

For Immediate Release

South Carolina’s Employment Situation    

April 2017


Employment increases to record level, 
unemployment rate falls


South Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped in April to 4.3 percent from 4.4 percent in March, while the number of people working in the state marked another record high.

The number of employed people increased by 3,978 to 2,233,160. The number of unemployed people dropped 2,126 in April to 101,513, and the state’s labor force increased by 1,852 to a total of 2,334,673.

In the last 12 months, the labor force has grown by 37,733 people, and employment gains totaled 55,856. The level of unemployment decreased by 18,123.

Nationally, the unemployment rate edged lower to 4.4 percent in April from 4.5 percent in March.

Nonfarm Employment by Industry (Seasonally Adjusted1)

April 2017 seasonally adjusted, nonfarm payrolls increased by 1,700 over the month, to a level of 2,076,100.

  • South Carolina saw job gains in Leisure and Hospitality (+2,000); Government (+900); Construction (+700); Financial Activities (+500); Other Services (+500); and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+400).
  • Industries reporting decreases were Professional and Business Services (-1,400); Education and Health Services (-1,100); Manufacturing (-600); and Information (-200).

Compared to April 2016, seasonally adjusted, nonfarm jobs were up 28,600.

  • Gains were reported in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+9,200); Manufacturing (+7,400); Education and Health Services (+4,300); Government (+3,400); Construction (+2,800); Professional and Business Services (+2,400); Leisure and Hospitality (+700); and Financial Activities (+500).
  • Decreases included the Information (-1,300) and Other Services (-1,000) industries.

Nonfarm Employment by Industry (Not Seasonally Adjusted2)

Not seasonally adjusted, nonfarm payroll employment increased by 14,000 from March 2017 to April 2017 for a total of 2,082,800. 

  • Gains were reported in Leisure and Hospitality (+10,300); Construction (+1,400); Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+1,400); Government (+600); Financial Activities (+500); Professional and Business Services (+400); and Other Services (+300).
  • Information and Mining and Logging remained the same.
  • Industries showing decreases were Education and Health Services (-500) and Manufacturing (-400).

The over-the-year, not seasonally adjusted, nonfarm job count was up 25,600.

  • Industries marking annual gains were Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+7,800); Manufacturing (+7,300); Education and Health Services (+5,500); Construction (+3,700); Government (+2,700); Professional and Business Services (+700); Financial Activities (+200); and Mining and Logging (+200).
  • Information (-1,200); Other Services (-1,200); and Leisure and Hospitality (-100) sectors saw decreases.

1Seasonally Adjusted: Seasonal adjustment removes the effects of events that follow a more or less regular pattern each year (i.e. tourist-related hiring and school closings in the summer). These adjustments make it easier to observe the cyclical and other nonseasonal movements in data over time.


2Not Seasonally Adjusted: Effects of regular or seasonal patterns have not been removed from these data.


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