Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.4 percentage points in November 2021 to 6.9%. The state unemployment rate was 2.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in California peaked in April 2020 at 16.0% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
California 6.9% -0.4 -1.8

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 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in California peaked in April 2020 at 2,966,435. There are now 1,645,172 fewer people unemployed in the state. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
California 1,321,263 -61,973 -299,460

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in California from 1990 to November 2021

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
December 2021 3.9%
November 2021 4.2% 6.9% 1,321,263
October 2021 4.6% 7.3% 1,383,236
September 2021 4.7% 7.5% 1,424,397
August 2021 5.2% 7.5% 1,431,518
July 2021 5.4% 7.6% 1,433,827
June 2021 5.9% 7.6% 1,439,638
May 2021 5.8% 7.7% 1,445,889
April 2021 6.0% 8.0% 1,516,672
March 2021 6.0% 8.3% 1,579,280
February 2021 6.2% 8.5% 1,610,021
January 2021 6.4% 9.0% 1,679,840