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San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 12.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.4 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in April 2020 at 13.3% and is now 0.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Francisco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
California 16.3% -0.1 +12.2
San Francisco 12.9% -0.4 +10.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: San Francisco, California, National

San Francisco, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

San Francisco, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in San Francisco peaked in April 2020 at 328,915. There are now 11,468 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. San Francisco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Francisco, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 317,447 -11,468 +249,063

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 16.3% 12.9% 317,447
April
2020
14.7% 16.4% 13.3% 328,915
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 3.4% 86,300
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 2.5% 65,023
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 2.5% 64,361
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.4% 63,403
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.4% 63,466
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 2.5% 63,708
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.5% 64,127
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 2.5% 64,770
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 2.5% 65,695

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.