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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sacramento fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 6.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Sacramento peaked in April 2020 at 14.6% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sacramento unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
California 8.3% 0.0 -7.7
Sacramento 6.9% -0.1 -7.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May 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 82,334 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Sacramento employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sacramento, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Sacramento 75,232 -1,497 -82,334

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sacramento, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 8.3% 6.9% 75,232
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 7.0% 76,729
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 7.2% 79,887
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 7.6% 82,912
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 7.9% 86,674
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 7.0% 75,581
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 8.4% 92,439
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 9.1% 98,068
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 9.8% 105,932
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 10.8% 116,677
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 12.1% 131,378

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.