Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 8.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.3 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 4.4 percentage points lower. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
California 8.0% -0.1 -1.4

Note: All comparisons are made with February data as March state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 778,861 fewer people unemployed in the state. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
California 1,497,000 -8,969 -245,077

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7%
February 2014 6.7% 8.0% 1,497,000
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
August 2013 7.2% 8.9% 1,660,872
July 2013 7.3% 9.0% 1,676,780
June 2013 7.5% 9.0% 1,680,983
May 2013 7.5% 9.0% 1,684,086
April 2013 7.5% 9.1% 1,694,377
March 2013 7.5% 9.2% 1,715,037