Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2015 to 6.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% 0.0 -1.1
California 6.5% -0.2 -1.4

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 1,007,581 fewer people unemployed in the state. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
California 1,223,133 -53,259 -250,106

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
March 2015 5.5% 6.5% 1,223,133
February 2015 5.5% 6.7% 1,276,392
January 2015 5.7% 7.0% 1,317,300
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