Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 7.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 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 5.1 percentage points lower. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
California 7.1% -0.1 -1.1

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 2014

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 883,297 fewer people unemployed in the state. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
California 1,347,417 -8,472 -179,106

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
February 2015 5.5%
January 2015 5.7%
December 2014 5.6% 7.1% 1,347,417
November 2014 5.8% 7.2% 1,355,889
October 2014 5.7% 7.2% 1,366,221
September 2014 5.9% 7.3% 1,376,177
August 2014 6.1% 7.4% 1,385,372
July 2014 6.2% 7.4% 1,396,457
June 2014 6.1% 7.5% 1,411,947
May 2014 6.3% 7.6% 1,431,568
April 2014 6.2% 7.8% 1,453,013
March 2014 6.6% 7.9% 1,473,239