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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 May 2019 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Diego peaked in January 2010 at 10.8% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare San Diego unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.2% -0.1 0.0
San Diego 3.4% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2019 data as June 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 108,888 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 51,124 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,424. San Diego employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Diego, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
San Diego 54,548 -904 +2,050

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Diego, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployed
June
2019
3.7%
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 3.4% 54,548
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
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.2% 52,010
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.2% 51,935
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.2% 51,631
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.2% 51,276
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.2% 51,124
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.2% 51,316

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.