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San Diego-Carlsbad, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Diego fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Diego peaked in March 2010 at 10.9% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare San Diego 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
San Diego 3.5% -0.1 +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: 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 March 2010 at 163,899. There are now 107,595 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 48,907 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 7,397. San Diego employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Diego, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
San Diego 56,304 -1,454 +1,731

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Diego, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.3%
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 3.5% 56,304
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 3.6% 57,758
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.4% 54,809
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.2% 52,421
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.2% 51,448
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.1% 50,203
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.1% 48,907
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.2% 50,089
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.4% 54,197
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 3.2% 51,471
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 3.2% 51,421

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.