Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California rose 10.0 percentage points in April 2020 to 15.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate for California in April 2020 is at a new high. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 14.7% +10.3 +11.1
California 15.5% +10.0 +11.3

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in California in April 2020 is at a new high of 2,885,334. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
California 2,885,334 +1,833,171 +2,078,873

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in California from 1990 to April 2020

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
April 2020 14.7% 15.5% 2,885,334
March 2020 4.4% 5.5% 1,052,163
February 2020 3.5% 3.9% 759,328
January 2020 3.6% 3.9% 753,269
December 2019 3.5% 3.9% 754,716
November 2019 3.5% 3.9% 753,741
October 2019 3.6% 3.9% 753,978
September 2019 3.5% 3.9% 757,881
August 2019 3.7% 3.9% 763,836
July 2019 3.7% 4.0% 771,612
June 2019 3.7% 4.0% 780,966
May 2019 3.6% 4.1% 792,799