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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 October 2014 to 5.3%. 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 January 2010 at 11.7% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in August 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 October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
California 7.3% 0.0 -1.3
San Jose 5.3% 0.0 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2014 data as November 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 53,408 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 51,380 in September 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 214. San Jose employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Jose, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 51,594 +214 -10,991

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
November
2014
5.8% 7.2%
October
2014
5.8% 7.3% 5.3% 51,594
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 5.3% 51,380
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 5.3% 51,422
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 5.4% 51,886
June
2014
6.1% 7.4% 5.5% 52,453
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

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.