The 10 Hottest Job Markets In South Carolina For 2020

by Kathy Morris
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Anticipating a job hunt in 2020?

If so, you might be nervous about the state of your local job market or curious how it stacks up to rival cities. Cities in the same state can have dramatically different job markets. Job hunting in one part of the state can be a piece of cake, while in another city it can be a herculean task to just land an interview.

Here at Zippia, we love math (and jobs!), so we delved into the data to determine where in 2020 it was easiest to find a job in South Carolina.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in South Carolina.

There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in South Carolina. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we reached these results. Your city not in the top 10? Keep scrolling to see where it landed on the full list.

How we determined the best job markets in South Carolina

We used the most recent Census American Community Survey to pull data for the main South Carolina metro areas. We only looked at cities with a working civilian population above 5,000.

While unemployment rate can tell you a lot about the local job market, it is simply one metric and job markets are complex entities. We opted to take a more in-depth look at the best job market in South Carolina.

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-34 in four categories:

  • Unemployment Rate
  • Change In Unemployment Rate
  • Household Income Change
  • Current Average Household Income

The lower the score in each category the better. For example, the James Island area had the lowest unemployment rate at 1.8%, earning it the #1 spot for unemployment rate. The four ranked categories were then averaged together to produce our final list. The final list ranks the 34 metro areas from 1-to-34. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Bluffton

Bluffton, SC

Unemployment Rate: 3.12%
Average Income: $97,833

2. James Island

James Island, SC

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Unemployment Rate: 1.81%
Average Income: $94,263

3. Lexington

Lexington, SC

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Unemployment Rate: 4.27%
Average Income: $82,186

4. Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant, SC

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Unemployment Rate: 2.71%
Average Income: $133,426

5. Fort Mill

Fort Mill, SC

Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Average Income: $97,049

6. Greer

Greer, SC

Unemployment Rate: 3.48%
Average Income: $73,405

7. Simpsonville

Simpsonville, SC

Unemployment Rate: 4.01%
Average Income: $77,600

8. Clemson

Clemson, SC

Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Average Income: $69,526

9. North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach, SC

Unemployment Rate: 6.26%
Average Income: $79,667

10. Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island, SC

Unemployment Rate: 4.93%
Average Income: $114,519


You might be reading this and thinking, ‘Hey, I live in James Island and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!’ That’s entirely possible.

While James Island and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in South Carolina, personal finances can be, well, personal. Education, work experience, and occupation all play a big role in securing a job. However, overall, job seekers in James Island will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In South Carolina

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Bluffton 3.12% $97,833
2 James Island 1.81% $94,263
3 Lexington 4.27% $82,186
4 Mount Pleasant 2.71% $133,426
5 Fort Mill 3.6% $97,049
6 Greer 3.48% $73,405
7 Simpsonville 4.01% $77,600
8 Clemson 4.4% $69,526
9 North Myrtle Beach 6.26% $79,667
10 Hilton Head Island 4.93% $114,519
11 Forest Acres 4.65% $101,732
12 Charleston 4.13% $93,367
13 Hanahan 3.87% $77,614
14 Cayce 5.95% $63,180
15 Aiken 5.28% $76,151
16 Irmo 6.75% $77,811
17 Greenville 4.79% $84,823
18 Beaufort 4.18% $71,345
19 Mauldin 4.76% $77,389
20 Goose Creek 5.27% $78,970
21 Summerville 5.09% $77,619
22 Anderson 6.31% $50,985
23 North Augusta 6.95% $71,931
24 Rock Hill 6.81% $63,835
25 Columbia 7.39% $72,483
26 Florence 6.31% $72,774
27 Easley 6.2% $64,965
28 Greenwood 8.4% $44,821
29 North Charleston 6.58% $56,444
30 West Columbia 4.9% $61,133
31 Spartanburg 7.52% $58,791
32 Conway 10.34% $54,031
33 Sumter 11.28% $57,642
34 Myrtle Beach 8.28% $63,720
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