Department of Numbers

California Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for California fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.6%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 11.5 percentage points lower. You can also see California unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
California 4.6% -0.2 -3.7

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

Unemployment Rate: California, National

California monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 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 2,113,397 fewer people unemployed in the state. California job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
California 888,677 -38,255 -682,519

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
May 2022 3.6%
April 2022 3.6% 4.6% 888,677
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
October 2021 4.6% 6.1% 1,163,543
September 2021 4.7% 6.4% 1,218,106
August 2021 5.2% 7.0% 1,340,222
July 2021 5.4% 7.4% 1,406,696
June 2021 5.9% 7.9% 1,503,882