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 Workforce20102015% ChangeForecast 2016Forecast 2017
Labor Force327,157357,7219.3%367,022378,032
Employed296,891338,74614.1%348,908359,376
Unemployed30,26618,975-18,11318,657
Unemployment Rate (%)9.3%5.3%-4.9%4.9%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Forecast data from Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce 3/2016

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Expanded Labor Pool

Expanded Labor Pool2015
Commuters into MSA58,000
Commuters out of MSA53,000
Annual Post-Secondary Degrees Conferred 8,400
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. Bureauh of Labor Statistics, 7/2015
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