Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.3 percentage points in December 2017 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in California peaked in February 2010 at 12.2% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
California 4.3% -0.3 -0.9

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in California peaked in October 2010 at 2,230,714. There are now 1,391,974 fewer people unemployed in the state. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
California 838,740 -46,212 -160,468

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in California from 1990 to December 2017

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 4.3% 838,740
November 2017 4.1% 4.6% 884,952
October 2017 4.1% 4.9% 952,996
September 2017 4.2% 5.1% 987,010
August 2017 4.4% 5.1% 972,953
July 2017 4.3% 4.8% 926,050
June 2017 4.3% 4.7% 901,202
May 2017 4.3% 4.7% 898,447
April 2017 4.4% 4.8% 924,372
March 2017 4.5% 4.9% 943,382
February 2017 4.7% 5.0% 967,171