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Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Barbara fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2014 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Barbara peaked in January 2010 at 9.5% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in August 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Santa Barbara unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
California 7.3% -0.1 -1.5
Santa Barbara 5.6% 0.0 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 8,439 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 129. Santa Barbara employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Barbara, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Barbara 12,555 +129 -2,251

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Barbara, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Barbara
Unemployment Rate
Santa Barbara
Unemployed
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 5.6% 12,555
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 5.6% 12,426
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 5.7% 12,498
June
2014
6.1% 7.4% 5.7% 12,768
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 6.0% 13,527
April
2014
6.3% 7.8% 6.2% 13,980
March
2014
6.7% 8.1% 6.3% 14,236
February
2014
6.7% 8.1% 6.3% 14,140
January
2014
6.6% 8.1% 6.2% 13,968
December
2013
6.7% 8.3% 6.3% 14,066
November
2013
7.0% 8.4% 6.4% 14,299
October
2013
7.2% 8.6% 6.5% 14,552
September
2013
7.2% 8.8% 6.6% 14,806

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.