Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in California peaked in March 2010 at 12.3% and is now 8.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.1% -0.1 0.0

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

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in California peaked in October 2010 at 2,253,816. There are now 1,450,059 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 796,927 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,830. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
California 803,757 -10,498 +1,263

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in California from 1990 to July 2019

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
August 2019 3.7%
July 2019 3.7% 4.1% 803,757
June 2019 3.7% 4.2% 814,255
May 2019 3.6% 4.2% 826,066
April 2019 3.6% 4.3% 835,862
March 2019 3.8% 4.3% 838,348
February 2019 3.8% 4.2% 824,179
January 2019 4.0% 4.2% 817,707
December 2018 3.9% 4.1% 802,594
November 2018 3.7% 4.1% 801,461
October 2018 3.8% 4.1% 798,652
September 2018 3.7% 4.1% 796,927