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San Diego-Carlsbad, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Diego fell 0.4 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Diego peaked in March 2010 at 10.9% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Diego 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
San Diego 3.4% -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: San Diego, California, National

San Diego, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

San Diego, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in San Diego peaked in March 2010 at 163,877. There are now 109,626 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. San Diego employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Diego, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
San Diego 54,251 -5,471 -16,141

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Diego, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 3.4% 54,251
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 3.8% 59,722
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 4.2% 66,177
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 4.3% 67,958
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.2% 65,174
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.1% 63,927
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.0% 62,690
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.1% 64,430
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.2% 65,552
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.3% 66,674
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 4.4% 68,830

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.