Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in California peaked in May 2020 at 16.1% and is now 12.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
California 3.9% -0.2 -2.5

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

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in California peaked in May 2020 at 3,002,074. There are now 2,255,866 fewer people unemployed in the state. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
California 746,208 -37,614 -471,898

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in California from 1990 to September 2022

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
October 2022 3.7%
September 2022 3.5% 3.9% 746,208
August 2022 3.7% 4.1% 783,822
July 2022 3.5% 3.9% 754,564
June 2022 3.6% 4.2% 805,466
May 2022 3.6% 4.3% 829,323
April 2022 3.6% 4.6% 880,957
March 2022 3.6% 4.8% 926,932
February 2022 3.8% 5.3% 1,011,994
January 2022 4.0% 5.7% 1,089,654
December 2021 3.9% 5.8% 1,095,056
November 2021 4.2% 5.8% 1,103,714