Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in November 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
California 5.8% +0.1 -1.3

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 2015

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 1,134,635 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 1,082,215 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,864. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
California 1,096,079 +13,864 -251,338

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in California from 1990 to December 2015

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.8% 1,096,079
November 2015 5.0% 5.7% 1,082,215
October 2015 5.0% 5.8% 1,094,944
September 2015 5.1% 5.9% 1,121,247
August 2015 5.1% 6.1% 1,164,028
July 2015 5.3% 6.2% 1,179,659
June 2015 5.3% 6.3% 1,195,975
May 2015 5.5% 6.4% 1,213,366
April 2015 5.4% 6.3% 1,199,689
March 2015 5.5% 6.5% 1,224,292
February 2015 5.5% 6.7% 1,276,392