Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
California 5.1% -0.1 -0.6

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

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 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 1,244,221 fewer people unemployed in the state. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
California 986,493 -12,715 -89,395

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 5.1% 986,493
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
September 2016 4.9% 5.3% 1,023,023
August 2016 4.9% 5.4% 1,031,070
July 2016 4.9% 5.4% 1,038,818
June 2016 4.9% 5.5% 1,045,234
May 2016 4.7% 5.5% 1,050,211
April 2016 5.0% 5.5% 1,055,112
March 2016 5.0% 5.6% 1,061,251