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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Jose fell 0.2 percentage points in June 2014 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Jose peaked in January 2010 at 11.7% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Jose unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.2 -1.4
California 7.4% -0.2 -1.6
San Jose 5.5% -0.2 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2014 data as July 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 105,002. There are now 52,599 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 June 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 52,403 -2,744 -14,034

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
July
2014
6.2% 7.4%
June
2014
6.1% 7.4% 5.5% 52,403
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 5.7% 55,147
April
2014
6.3% 7.8% 5.9% 56,968
March
2014
6.7% 8.1% 6.1% 58,545
February
2014
6.7% 8.1% 6.1% 58,397
January
2014
6.6% 8.1% 6.1% 58,658
December
2013
6.7% 8.3% 6.3% 60,131
November
2013
7.0% 8.4% 6.4% 61,302
October
2013
7.2% 8.6% 6.6% 62,585
September
2013
7.2% 8.8% 6.7% 63,881
August
2013
7.2% 8.9% 6.8% 65,029
July
2013
7.3% 9.0% 6.9% 65,857

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.