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San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in December 2009 at 10.1% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare San Francisco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
California 5.8% +0.1 -1.3
San Francisco 4.1% +0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 April 2010 at 234,876. There are now 131,018 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 97,013 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,845. San Francisco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Francisco, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 103,858 +3,297 -14,178

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.8% 4.1% 103,858
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 4.0% 100,561
October
2015
5.0% 5.8% 4.0% 100,309
September
2015
5.1% 5.9% 3.9% 97,013
August
2015
5.1% 6.1% 4.0% 101,087
July
2015
5.3% 6.2% 4.0% 101,383
June
2015
5.3% 6.3% 4.1% 101,634
May
2015
5.5% 6.4% 4.3% 107,647
April
2015
5.4% 6.3% 4.1% 102,489
March
2015
5.5% 6.5% 4.1% 102,105
February
2015
5.5% 6.7% 4.4% 109,094

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.