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San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2016 to 3.9%. 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 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in February 2016, 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 October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
California 5.5% 0.0 -0.4
San Francisco 3.9% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 133,198 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 92,732 in March 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,641. San Francisco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Francisco, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 101,373 +631 -633

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 5.5% 3.9% 101,373
September
2016
5.0% 5.5% 3.9% 100,742
August
2016
4.9% 5.5% 3.9% 100,523
July
2016
4.9% 5.5% 4.0% 101,309
June
2016
4.9% 5.4% 3.9% 98,415
May
2016
4.7% 5.2% 3.7% 93,875
April
2016
5.0% 5.3% 3.8% 96,397
March
2016
5.0% 5.4% 3.7% 92,732
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 3.7% 93,052
January
2016
4.9% 5.7% 3.8% 96,075
December
2015
5.0% 5.9% 4.1% 103,491

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.