Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2017 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
California 5.1% 0.0 -0.2

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 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 1,244,551 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 898,447 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 87,716. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
California 986,163 +13,210 -36,860

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
September 2017 4.2% 5.1% 986,163
August 2017 4.4% 5.1% 972,953
July 2017 4.3% 4.8% 926,050
June 2017 4.4% 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
January 2017 4.8% 5.2% 988,024
December 2016 4.7% 5.2% 999,208
November 2016 4.6% 5.3% 1,006,961
October 2016 4.8% 5.3% 1,014,757