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Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Barbara rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Barbara peaked in February 2010 at 9.5% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in December 2013, 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 February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
California 8.1% 0.0 -1.3
Santa Barbara 6.2% +0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 21,040. There are now 6,936 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,983 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 121. Santa Barbara employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Barbara, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Barbara 14,104 +121 -2,955

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Barbara, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Barbara
Unemployment Rate
Santa Barbara
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 8.1%
February
2014
6.7% 8.1% 6.2% 14,104
January
2014
6.6% 8.1% 6.1% 13,983
December
2013
6.7% 8.3% 6.1% 14,147
November
2013
7.0% 8.4% 6.3% 14,671
October
2013
7.2% 8.6% 6.3% 14,725
September
2013
7.2% 8.8% 6.4% 14,885
August
2013
7.2% 8.9% 6.4% 14,923
July
2013
7.3% 9.0% 6.4% 14,799
June
2013
7.5% 9.0% 6.3% 14,662
May
2013
7.5% 9.0% 6.5% 15,008
April
2013
7.5% 9.1% 6.7% 15,716
March
2013
7.5% 9.2% 7.0% 16,479

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.