Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.8 percentage points in November 2020 to 8.2%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in California peaked in April 2020 at 16.4% and is now 8.2 percentage points lower. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
California 8.2% -0.8 +4.3

Note: All comparisons are made with November data as December state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in California peaked in April 2020 at 3,043,334. There are now 1,501,217 fewer people unemployed in the state. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
California 1,542,117 -186,018 +788,376

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 8.2% 1,542,117
October 2020 6.9% 9.0% 1,728,135
September 2020 7.8% 11.1% 2,065,840
August 2020 8.4% 11.2% 2,086,688
July 2020 10.2% 13.5% 2,543,255
June 2020 11.1% 14.9% 2,830,936
May 2020 13.3% 16.4% 3,043,056
April 2020 14.8% 16.4% 3,043,334
March 2020 4.4% 5.5% 1,052,163
February 2020 3.5% 3.9% 759,328
January 2020 3.5% 3.9% 753,269