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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Jose fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Jose peaked in September 2009 at 11.6% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in January 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare San Jose 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 Jose 6.1% 0.0 -1.6
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 Jose, California, National

San Jose, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

San Jose, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in San Jose peaked in January 2010 at 104,974. There are now 46,640 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. San Jose employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Jose, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 58,334 -174 -15,036

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 8.1%
February
2014
6.7% 8.1% 6.1% 58,334
January
2014
6.6% 8.1% 6.1% 58,508
December
2013
6.7% 8.3% 6.3% 59,881
November
2013
7.0% 8.4% 6.5% 61,665
October
2013
7.2% 8.6% 6.5% 62,434
September
2013
7.2% 8.8% 6.6% 62,897
August
2013
7.2% 8.9% 6.6% 63,228
July
2013
7.3% 9.0% 6.6% 63,056
June
2013
7.5% 9.0% 6.5% 62,563
May
2013
7.5% 9.0% 6.7% 64,222
April
2013
7.5% 9.1% 7.1% 67,429
March
2013
7.5% 9.2% 7.5% 70,778

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.