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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 February 2017 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Jose peaked in December 2009 at 11.4% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Jose unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
California 5.0% -0.2 -0.6
San Jose 3.5% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 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 March 2010 at 103,999. There are now 66,858 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 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 37,141 -981 -1,568

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 4.9%
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 3.5% 37,141
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 3.6% 38,122
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 3.6% 38,953
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 3.6% 39,611
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 3.9% 42,288
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 3.9% 42,485
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 3.9% 42,420
July
2016
4.9% 5.4% 4.0% 42,544
June
2016
4.9% 5.5% 3.9% 41,822
May
2016
4.7% 5.5% 3.7% 39,826
April
2016
5.0% 5.5% 3.9% 41,647

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.