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San Diego-Carlsbad, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Diego fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2019 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Diego peaked in January 2010 at 10.8% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in October 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare San Diego unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -0.2
California 3.9% 0.0 -0.2
San Diego 3.0% 0.0 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2019 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: San Diego, California, National

San Diego, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

San Diego, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in San Diego peaked in October 2010 at 163,436. There are now 115,694 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. San Diego employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Diego, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
San Diego 47,742 -471 -4,193

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Diego, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployed
December
2019
3.5% 3.9%
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.0% 47,742
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.0% 48,213
September
2019
3.5% 4.0% 3.1% 49,446
August
2019
3.7% 4.1% 3.2% 51,191
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 3.3% 52,274
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.3% 53,361
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 3.4% 54,538
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 3.5% 55,452
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 3.5% 55,636
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 3.4% 54,422
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 3.3% 53,635

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.