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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 July 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Sacramento peaked in November 2010 at 12.5% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Sacramento unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.1% -0.1 0.0
Sacramento 3.7% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 130,494. There are now 89,535 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 39,708 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,251. Sacramento employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sacramento, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Sacramento 40,959 -497 +871

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sacramento, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.1%
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 3.7% 40,959
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.8% 41,456
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 3.8% 42,083
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 3.8% 42,619
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 3.8% 42,573
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 3.7% 41,565
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 3.7% 40,976
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 39,954
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.6% 39,900
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.6% 39,755

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.