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Charleston | SC | USA

Labor & Employment Stats

The Charleston region offers local employers a growing pool of 370,000+ 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 Workforce20102019% ChangeForecast 2020Forecast 2021
Labor Force327,148395,25920.8%403,164411,227
Employed296,883385,77629.9%395,035402,935
Unemployed30,2659,483-8,1308,292
Unemployment Rate (%)9.3%2.4%-2.0%2.0%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber, 3/4/2020

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Expanded Labor Pool

Expanded Labor Pool
Commuters into MSA63,600
Commuters out of MSA58,000
Military Retirees15,000
Annual Post-Secondary Degrees Conferred 9,000
Annual High School Graduates 6,700
Source: U.S. Census Bureau and S.C. 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

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