Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Jose fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.2%. 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 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Jose unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
California 7.1% -0.1 -1.1
San Jose 5.2% -0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 January 2010 at 105,002. There are now 54,561 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 December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 50,441 -1,493 -9,690

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5% 6.7%
January
2015
5.7% 7.0%
December
2014
5.6% 7.1% 5.2% 50,441
November
2014
5.8% 7.2% 5.3% 51,934
October
2014
5.7% 7.2% 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% 7.5% 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% 7.9% 6.1% 58,545

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.