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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Jose rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.7%. 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 7.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare San Jose unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
California 5.1% +0.3 -0.3
San Jose 3.7% +0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 64,888 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 34,839 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,272. San Jose employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Jose, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 39,111 +2,132 -1,994

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 5.1%
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 3.7% 39,111
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 3.5% 36,979
June
2017
4.4% 4.7% 3.4% 35,593
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 3.3% 34,839
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 3.4% 35,459
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 3.4% 35,841
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 3.5% 36,836
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 3.6% 38,053
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 3.6% 38,739
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 3.7% 39,513
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 3.8% 40,527

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.