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Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sacramento fell 0.4 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Sacramento peaked in November 2010 at 12.5% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sacramento unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
California 4.6% -0.3 -0.7
Sacramento 3.9% -0.4 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Sacramento, California, National

Sacramento, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Sacramento, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Sacramento peaked in November 2010 at 130,939. There are now 88,441 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Sacramento employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sacramento, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Sacramento 42,498 -4,397 -11,869

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sacramento, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 3.9% 42,498
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.3% 46,895
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 4.8% 51,774
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 4.9% 53,191
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.7% 50,834
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.6% 49,602
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.6% 48,737
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.7% 50,273
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.8% 50,877
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.9% 51,920
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 5.0% 53,303

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.