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San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2015 to 4.3%. 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 10.1% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in March 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 May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
California 6.4% +0.1 -1.2
San Francisco 4.3% +0.2 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 127,038 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 102,105 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,733. San Francisco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Francisco, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 107,838 +5,349 -21,767

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 6.4% 4.3% 107,838
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
January
2015
5.7% 7.0% 4.6% 114,805
December
2014
5.6% 7.1% 4.8% 118,036
November
2014
5.8% 7.2% 4.9% 120,577
October
2014
5.7% 7.2% 4.9% 122,360
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 5.0% 124,179
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 5.1% 126,227
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 5.2% 126,918
June
2014
6.1% 7.5% 5.2% 127,430

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.