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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.

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Barbara fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Barbara peaked in January 2010 at 9.5% and is now 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in August 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Santa Barbara 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
Santa Barbara 5.7% -0.1 -0.6
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: Santa Barbara, California, National

Santa Barbara, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Santa Barbara, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Santa Barbara peaked in November 2010 at 20,994. There are now 8,147 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,426 in August 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 421. Santa Barbara employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Barbara, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Barbara 12,847 -173 -1,219

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Barbara, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Barbara
Unemployment Rate
Santa Barbara
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5%
February
2015
5.5% 6.7%
January
2015
5.7% 7.0%
December
2014
5.6% 7.1% 5.7% 12,847
November
2014
5.8% 7.2% 5.8% 13,020
October
2014
5.7% 7.2% 5.6% 12,671
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 5.6% 12,550
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 5.6% 12,426
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 5.7% 12,498
June
2014
6.1% 7.5% 5.7% 12,768
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 6.0% 13,527
April
2014
6.2% 7.8% 6.2% 13,980

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.