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San Diego-Carlsbad, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Diego fell 0.4 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Diego peaked in April 2020 at 16.2% and is now 10.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Diego unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
California 6.9% -0.4 -1.8
San Diego 5.6% -0.4 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 April 2020 at 246,298. There are now 158,349 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
San Diego 87,949 -5,485 -22,082

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Diego, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployment Rate
San Diego
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 6.9% 5.6% 87,949
October
2021
4.6% 7.3% 6.0% 93,434
September
2021
4.7% 7.5% 6.3% 97,135
August
2021
5.2% 7.5% 6.6% 100,582
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 6.7% 102,513
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 6.8% 104,734
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 6.9% 106,390
April
2021
6.0% 8.0% 7.1% 109,165
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 7.3% 112,257
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 7.7% 119,534
January
2021
6.4% 9.0% 8.2% 125,481

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.