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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 January 2017 to 3.6%. 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 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Francisco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
California 5.1% -0.1 -0.6
San Francisco 3.6% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 143,752 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 January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 90,819 -3,177 -5,256

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 5.1% 3.6% 90,819
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 3.7% 93,996
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 3.7% 95,247
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 3.9% 101,153
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 3.9% 100,742
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 3.9% 100,523
July
2016
4.9% 5.4% 4.0% 101,309
June
2016
4.9% 5.5% 3.9% 98,415
May
2016
4.7% 5.5% 3.7% 93,875
April
2016
5.0% 5.5% 3.8% 96,397
March
2016
5.0% 5.6% 3.7% 92,732

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.