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San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in December 2009 at 10.2% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare San Francisco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.1% -0.1 0.0
San Francisco 2.6% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 March 2010 at 233,281. There are now 164,750 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 67,669 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 862. San Francisco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Francisco, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 68,531 -1,074 +182

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.1%
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 2.6% 68,531
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 2.7% 69,605
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 2.7% 70,934
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 2.8% 72,228
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 2.8% 72,729
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 2.7% 71,438
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 2.7% 70,507
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 2.6% 68,582
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.6% 68,441
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 2.6% 68,001

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.