Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2016 to 5.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 7.0 percentage points lower. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
California 5.2% -0.1 -1.2

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2016

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 1,236,189 fewer people unemployed in the state. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
California 994,525 -19,221 -208,716

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in California from 1990 to May 2016

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
May 2016 4.7% 5.2% 994,525
April 2016 5.0% 5.3% 1,013,746
March 2016 5.0% 5.4% 1,020,822
February 2016 4.9% 5.5% 1,053,962
January 2016 4.9% 5.7% 1,089,346
December 2015 5.0% 5.9% 1,124,105
November 2015 5.0% 5.9% 1,124,274
October 2015 5.0% 5.9% 1,128,244
September 2015 5.1% 6.0% 1,134,763
August 2015 5.1% 6.0% 1,145,558
July 2015 5.3% 6.1% 1,161,495
June 2015 5.3% 6.2% 1,181,662