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Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Maria fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Maria peaked in March 2010 at 9.8% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Santa Maria 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 Maria 3.9% -0.3 -1.0
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 Maria, California, National

Santa Maria, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Santa Maria, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Santa Maria peaked in November 2010 at 20,869. There are now 12,257 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Santa Maria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Maria, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Maria 8,612 -577 -1,953

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Maria, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 3.9% 8,612
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 4.2% 9,189
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 4.6% 9,941
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 4.7% 10,111
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.6% 9,830
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.5% 9,670
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.4% 9,603
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 4.6% 9,985
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 4.8% 10,420
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 4.9% 10,578
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 5.0% 10,877

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.