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San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in December 2009 at 10.4% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare San Francisco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
California 8.1% 0.0 -1.3
San Francisco 5.9% 0.0 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 234,882. There are now 96,295 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 138,558 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 29. San Francisco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Francisco, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 138,587 +29 -33,784

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 8.1%
February
2014
6.7% 8.1% 5.9% 138,587
January
2014
6.6% 8.1% 5.9% 138,558
December
2013
6.7% 8.3% 6.1% 140,990
November
2013
7.0% 8.4% 6.2% 144,965
October
2013
7.2% 8.6% 6.3% 146,431
September
2013
7.2% 8.8% 6.3% 146,738
August
2013
7.2% 8.9% 6.3% 146,873
July
2013
7.3% 9.0% 6.3% 146,615
June
2013
7.5% 9.0% 6.2% 145,921
May
2013
7.5% 9.0% 6.4% 149,942
April
2013
7.5% 9.1% 6.7% 157,595
March
2013
7.5% 9.2% 7.1% 165,826

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.