South Carolina's Employment Situation October 2019

by Kristin Coulter | Nov 19, 2019

For Immediate Release

November 19, 2019

                                   South Carolina’s Employment Situation     

October 2019

Number of South Carolinians Working Continues Record Setting Pace

Unemployment Rate Remains at All Time Low

I. Household Survey1

Employment: The monthly survey of households across the state estimated the number of South Carolinians working moved substantially higher, establishing a new record of 2,318,762.

  • That is a considerable increase of 7,191 people over September 2019.
  • That is also a significant increase of 64,392 people over October 2018.

Unemployment: Unemployment estimates decreased to 62,363 people.

  • That is a decrease of 6,823 people since September 2019 and a decrease of 12,567 over October 2018.
  • With that decrease, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate moved lower over the month, from 2.9 percent in September to an historic low of 2.6 percent in October.
  • Nationally, the unemployment rate increased from 3.5 percent in September to 3.6 percent in October.

Labor force: The state’s estimated labor force (people working plus unemployed people looking for work) increased modestly to 2,381,125.

  • That is an increase of 368 people since September 2019.
  • That is an increase of 51,825 individuals over October 2018.


II. Current Employment Survey2

Nonagricultural Employment by Industry (Seasonally Adjusted3)

The Current Employment Survey of businesses in South Carolina marked an increase of 4,200 nonfarm payroll jobs over the month to a record high level of 2,185,000.

  • Industries reporting increases in employment were reported Leisure and Hospitality (+2,300); Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+2,200); Financial Activities (+1,100); Education and Health Services (+700); Government (+600); Construction (+500); and Other Services (+300).
  • Decreases were noticed in the Professional and Business Services (-2,600); Manufacturing         (-700); and Information (-200) industries.

From October 2018 to October 2019, South Carolina’s economy has added 30,800 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs.

  • Industries with strong growth were Leisure and Hospitality (+8,000); Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+7,900); Manufacturing (+6,700); Government (+6,600); Education and Health Services (+3,900); Other Services (+1,800); Financial Activities (+1,100); and Construction (+1,000).
  • Decreases were seen in Professional and Business Services (-5,400); and Information (-1,000).

Nonagricultural Employment by Industry (Not Seasonally Adjusted2)

Not seasonally adjusted, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +11,800 from September 2019 to October 2019 for a total of 2,188,100. The most prominent gains were in the Government (+3,700) and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+3,700) industries.

  • Other industries that saw increases were Education and Health Services (+2,000); Financial Activities (+1,200); Construction (+1,100); Professional and Business (+1,100); Leisure and Hospitality (+600); and Other Services (+200).
  • Industries reporting declines were Manufacturing (-1,700) and Information (-100). Mining and Logging remained flat.

Since October 2018, not seasonally adjusted, nonfarm jobs were up 29,600 overall in South Carolina.

  • Industries marking strong annual gains were Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (+8,500); Leisure and Hospitality (+7,600); Government (+6,800); Manufacturing (+6,200); Education and Health Services (+3,700); Other Services (+1,600); Financial Activities (+1,100); Construction (+1,100); and Mining and Logging (+200).
  • Industries reporting an over the year decline were Professional and Business Services (-6,200) and Information (-1,000).

1Household Survey (Current Population Survey): is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households conducted by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This survey provides monthly statistics on employment, unemployment, and related subjects analyzed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


2Current Employment Statistics Survey: is a monthly survey of about 40,000 employers which yields estimates of nonagricultural wage and salary employment, hours, and earnings by industry.


3Seasonally 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.


4Not Seasonally Adjusted: Effects of regular or seasonal patterns have not been removed from these data.









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