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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sacramento fell 0.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Sacramento peaked in April 2020 at 14.3% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Sacramento unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
California 8.1% -0.9 +4.2
Sacramento 6.8% -0.6 +3.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 152,047. There are now 78,206 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 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Sacramento 73,841 -8,157 +36,603

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sacramento, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7% 9.0%
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 6.8% 73,841
October
2020
6.9% 9.0% 7.4% 81,998
September
2020
7.8% 11.1% 8.9% 95,130
August
2020
8.4% 11.2% 8.8% 94,212
July
2020
10.2% 13.5% 11.3% 122,175
June
2020
11.1% 14.9% 12.7% 138,036
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 14.1% 151,963
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 14.3% 152,047
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 4.5% 49,744
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 3.4% 37,712
January
2020
3.5% 3.9% 3.4% 37,630

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.