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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sacramento fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Sacramento peaked in November 2010 at 12.5% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Sacramento unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.1
Sacramento 3.9% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 November 2010 at 131,060. There are now 87,668 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 38,691 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,701. Sacramento employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sacramento, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Sacramento 43,392 -269 +2,073

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sacramento, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.3%
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 3.9% 43,392
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 3.9% 43,661
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.7% 41,406
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.6% 39,826
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.6% 39,708
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.6% 39,181
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.6% 38,691
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 39,250
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.9% 41,836
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.7% 39,679
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.7% 39,582

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.