Overall unemployment rate moved up to 2.7% , based on the most recently available information published in June 2022.

Total employment in the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC market rose by 756 jobs in May and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 40 bps to 2.7%. The national unemployment rate increased by 4 bps over the same time to 3.4%.

  • Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC unemployment rate is 68 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 30 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in May versus prior month by 4.9% and are equal compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Unemployment May 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs stayed flat. Key sectors include:

  • Government: 11,600; no change
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC Unemployment by Industry May 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through May 2022 (Data published June 2022 and reports created on June 29, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.