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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 February 2018 to 3.5%. 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 March 2010 at 10.9% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in November 2017, 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 February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
California 4.3% -0.1 -0.8
San Diego 3.5% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 163,877. There are now 108,416 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 54,663 in November 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 798. San Diego employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Diego, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
San Diego 55,461 -68 -11,213

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Diego, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 3.5% 55,461
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 3.5% 55,529
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.5% 55,224
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.5% 54,663
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.8% 59,722
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 4.2% 66,177
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 4.3% 67,958
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 4.2% 65,174
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.1% 63,927
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 4.0% 62,690
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.1% 64,430

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.