Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2014 to 7.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in California peaked in February 2010 at 12.4% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
California 7.3% -0.1 -1.5

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in California peaked in October 2010 at 2,275,861. There are now 914,686 fewer people unemployed in the state. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
California 1,361,175 -14,203 -270,985

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in California from 1990 to September 2014

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
September 2014 5.9% 7.3% 1,361,175
August 2014 6.1% 7.4% 1,375,378
July 2014 6.2% 7.4% 1,373,061
June 2014 6.1% 7.4% 1,379,290
May 2014 6.3% 7.6% 1,423,591
April 2014 6.3% 7.8% 1,458,310
March 2014 6.7% 8.1% 1,505,399
February 2014 6.7% 8.1% 1,499,182
January 2014 6.6% 8.1% 1,505,969
December 2013 6.7% 8.3% 1,532,482
November 2013 7.0% 8.4% 1,564,047
October 2013 7.2% 8.6% 1,598,021
September 2013 7.2% 8.8% 1,632,160