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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 November 2014 to 5.3%. 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 6.4 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 November 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% +0.1 -1.2
California 7.2% -0.1 -1.2
San Jose 5.3% 0.0 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2014 data as December 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 53,104 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 518. San Jose employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Jose, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 51,898 +263 -9,404

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
December
2014
5.6% 7.0%
November
2014
5.8% 7.2% 5.3% 51,898
October
2014
5.7% 7.3% 5.3% 51,635
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
6.2% 7.8% 5.9% 56,968
March
2014
6.6% 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

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.