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Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sacramento fell 0.3 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Sacramento peaked in April 2020 at 14.6% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sacramento unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
California 6.9% -0.4 -1.8
Sacramento 5.8% -0.3 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Sacramento, California, National

Sacramento, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Sacramento, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Sacramento peaked in April 2020 at 157,566. There are now 94,353 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Sacramento employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sacramento, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Sacramento 63,213 -3,633 -12,368

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sacramento, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 6.9% 5.8% 63,213
October
2021
4.6% 7.3% 6.1% 66,846
September
2021
4.7% 7.5% 6.3% 69,132
August
2021
5.2% 7.5% 6.5% 71,145
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 6.6% 72,004
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 6.7% 73,016
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 6.8% 73,644
April
2021
6.0% 8.0% 6.9% 75,054
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 7.0% 76,729
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 7.2% 79,887
January
2021
6.4% 9.0% 7.6% 82,912

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.