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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Jose rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Jose peaked in December 2009 at 11.4% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare San Jose unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
California 5.8% +0.1 -1.3
San Jose 4.1% +0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 March 2010 at 103,953. There are now 60,362 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 40,462 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,129. San Jose employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Jose, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 43,591 +1,235 -6,574

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.8% 4.1% 43,591
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 4.0% 42,356
October
2015
5.0% 5.8% 3.9% 41,898
September
2015
5.1% 5.9% 3.8% 40,462
August
2015
5.1% 6.1% 3.9% 41,742
July
2015
5.3% 6.2% 3.9% 41,930
June
2015
5.3% 6.3% 4.0% 42,888
May
2015
5.5% 6.4% 4.3% 45,824
April
2015
5.4% 6.3% 4.1% 43,595
March
2015
5.5% 6.5% 4.0% 42,276
February
2015
5.5% 6.7% 4.3% 45,161

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.