Charleston | SC | USA

Labor & Employment Stats

The Charleston region offers local employers a growing pool of 350,000+ skilled workers. The region’s education and workforce training system continues to build a solid base of technically-skilled workers in engineering, information technology and more.

Civilian Workforce

Civilian Workforce20102016% ChangeForecast 2017Forecast 2018
Labor Force327,148373,51814.2%380,400390,300
Employed296,883358,06320.6%365,500377,500
Unemployed30,26515,455-14,90012,800
Unemployment Rate (%)9.3%4.1%-3.9%3.3%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber 3/2017

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Expanded Labor Pool

Expanded Labor Pool2016
Commuters into MSA58,000
Commuters out of MSA53,000
Military Retirees10,000
Annual Post-Secondary Degrees Conferred 10,000
Annual High School Graduates 5,300
Source: U.S. Census Bureau and SC Department of Education

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Employment by Industry

NAICS = North American Industry Classification System; Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics (CES).

Unionization Rate

Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 7/2016
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