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San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2017 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in December 2009 at 10.1% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Francisco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
California 4.9% -0.1 -0.7
San Francisco 3.4% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2017 data as April metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: San Francisco, California, National

San Francisco, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

San Francisco, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in San Francisco peaked in March 2010 at 234,571. There are now 148,948 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. San Francisco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Francisco, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 85,623 -2,279 -13,559

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
April
2017
4.4% 4.8%
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 3.4% 85,623
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 3.5% 87,902
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 3.6% 90,939
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 3.6% 91,776
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 3.6% 93,072
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 3.7% 95,258
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 3.8% 96,572
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 3.8% 96,406
July
2016
4.9% 5.4% 3.8% 96,344
June
2016
4.9% 5.5% 3.8% 96,859
May
2016
4.7% 5.5% 3.9% 98,212

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.