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San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco fell 0.8 percentage points in January 2021 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in April 2020 at 13.3% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare San Francisco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
California 9.0% -0.3 +4.8
San Francisco 6.5% -0.8 +4.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 169,660 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 155,737 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,518. San Francisco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Francisco, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 159,255 -24,065 +94,894

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5%
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 6.5% 159,255
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 7.3% 183,320
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 6.2% 155,737
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 7.0% 179,611
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 8.6% 211,164
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 8.6% 210,489
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 11.2% 278,327
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 12.5% 316,109
May
2020
13.3% 15.6% 13.3% 328,886
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 13.3% 328,915

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.