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San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2014 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in December 2009 at 10.4% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Francisco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
California 7.6% -0.2 -1.4
San Francisco 5.5% -0.2 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June 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 February 2010 at 235,140. There are now 104,758 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 May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 130,382 -5,015 -25,863

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 7.4%
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 5.5% 130,382
April
2014
6.3% 7.8% 5.7% 135,397
March
2014
6.7% 8.1% 5.9% 139,327
February
2014
6.7% 8.1% 5.9% 139,117
January
2014
6.6% 8.1% 5.9% 139,332
December
2013
6.7% 8.3% 6.0% 142,140
November
2013
7.0% 8.4% 6.1% 144,503
October
2013
7.2% 8.6% 6.2% 147,069
September
2013
7.2% 8.8% 6.4% 149,623
August
2013
7.2% 8.9% 6.4% 151,849
July
2013
7.3% 9.0% 6.5% 153,405
June
2013
7.5% 9.0% 6.6% 154,593

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.