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San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2018 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in December 2009 at 10.1% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in March 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 April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
California 4.2% -0.1 -0.8
San Francisco 2.6% 0.0 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 234,734. There are now 167,743 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 April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 66,991 -781 -21,920

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.2%
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 2.6% 66,991
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 2.6% 67,772
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 2.8% 73,139
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 2.9% 74,819
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 2.9% 76,162
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.0% 76,658
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.0% 78,068
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 3.1% 81,168
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 3.3% 84,152
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 3.3% 85,441
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 3.4% 86,308

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.