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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Sacramento fell 0.9 percentage points in January 2021 to 7.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Sacramento peaked in April 2020 at 14.3% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Sacramento unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
California 9.0% -0.3 +4.8
Sacramento 7.1% -0.9 +3.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 74,850 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 73,563 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,634. Sacramento employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Sacramento, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Sacramento 77,197 -10,355 +39,567

Number of Unemployed Persons

Sacramento, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployment Rate
Sacramento
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5%
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 7.1% 77,197
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 8.0% 87,552
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 6.8% 73,563
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 7.4% 81,998
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 8.9% 95,130
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 8.8% 94,212
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 11.3% 122,175
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 12.7% 138,036
May
2020
13.3% 15.6% 14.1% 151,963
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 14.3% 152,047

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.