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San Diego-Carlsbad, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Diego fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.9%. 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 May 2020 at 16.6% and is now 12.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Diego unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
California 4.6% -0.2 -3.7
San Diego 3.9% -0.3 -3.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 May 2020 at 251,021. There are now 189,427 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
San Diego 61,594 -4,850 -51,934

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Diego, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.9% 61,594
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 4.2% 66,444
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 4.6% 71,794
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 4.9% 76,440
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 5.2% 81,157
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 5.2% 80,599
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 5.2% 81,394
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 5.5% 86,283
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 6.0% 92,732
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 6.4% 99,461
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 6.8% 105,277

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.