Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2016 to 5.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.6% -0.2 -0.4
California 5.3% -0.2 -0.6

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

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 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 1,192,972 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 994,969 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 42,773. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
California 1,037,742 -31,769 -86,532

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
December 2016 4.7%
November 2016 4.6% 5.3% 1,037,742
October 2016 4.8% 5.5% 1,069,511
September 2016 4.9% 5.5% 1,070,605
August 2016 4.9% 5.5% 1,061,209
July 2016 4.9% 5.5% 1,048,589
June 2016 4.9% 5.4% 1,023,035
May 2016 4.7% 5.2% 994,969
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