Charleston | SC | USA

Labor & Employment Stats

The Charleston region offers local employers a growing pool of 380,000+ 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 Workforce20102020% ChangeForecast 2021Forecast 2022
Labor Force329,929394,54819.6%400,500404,505
Employed298,962370,76924.0%378,420387,881
Unemployed30,96723,779-22,08016,624
Unemployment Rate (%)9.4%6.0%-5.5%4.1%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber, 3/15/2021

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Expanded Labor Pool

Expanded Labor Pool
Commuters into MSA67,300
Commuters out of MSA61,300
Military Retirees15,000
Annual Post-Secondary Degrees Conferred 8,600
Annual High School Graduates 7,500
Source: U.S. Census Bureau and S.C. Department of Education, 2021

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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

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