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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Cruz fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz peaked in November 2010 at 13.7% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Santa Cruz unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
California 4.6% -0.3 -0.7
Santa Cruz 5.8% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Santa Cruz, California, National

Santa Cruz, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Santa Cruz, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Santa Cruz peaked in November 2010 at 19,742. There are now 11,351 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Santa Cruz employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Cruz, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Cruz 8,391 -257 -1,205

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Cruz, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 5.8% 8,391
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 6.0% 8,648
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 6.4% 9,240
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 6.5% 9,365
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 6.3% 9,083
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 6.2% 8,923
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 6.2% 8,922
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 6.4% 9,185
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 6.5% 9,339
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 6.4% 9,303
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 6.6% 9,580

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.