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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Jose fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2016 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Jose peaked in December 2009 at 11.4% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare San Jose unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
California 5.2% -0.1 -1.2
San Jose 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 103,999. There are now 64,035 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 38,709 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,255. San Jose employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Jose, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 39,964 -1,683 -5,447

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 5.4%
May
2016
4.7% 5.2% 3.8% 39,964
April
2016
5.0% 5.3% 3.9% 41,647
March
2016
5.0% 5.4% 3.7% 39,048
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 3.7% 38,709
January
2016
4.9% 5.7% 3.8% 39,843
December
2015
5.0% 5.9% 4.2% 44,073
November
2015
5.0% 5.9% 4.1% 43,677
October
2015
5.0% 5.9% 4.1% 43,151
September
2015
5.1% 6.0% 4.1% 42,709
August
2015
5.1% 6.0% 4.1% 42,780
July
2015
5.3% 6.1% 4.1% 43,339

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.