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San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2017 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in December 2009 at 10.1% and is now 6.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in April 2017, 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 September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
California 5.1% 0.0 -0.2
San Francisco 3.5% -0.2 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2017 data as October 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 143,506 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 83,680 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,385. San Francisco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Francisco, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 91,065 -3,633 -5,507

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
October
2017
4.1% 4.9%
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 3.5% 91,065
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 3.7% 94,698
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 3.5% 89,675
June
2017
4.4% 4.7% 3.4% 85,750
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 3.3% 83,680
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 3.3% 84,547
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 3.4% 85,698
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

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.