Department of Numbers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco fell 0.4 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in April 2020 at 13.9% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Francisco 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 Francisco 4.8% -0.4 -1.7
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 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 341,064. There are now 221,507 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 November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 119,557 -8,446 -38,313

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 6.9% 4.8% 119,557
October
2021
4.6% 7.3% 5.2% 128,003
September
2021
4.7% 7.5% 5.4% 133,964
August
2021
5.2% 7.5% 5.7% 139,151
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 5.8% 141,620
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 5.9% 144,054
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 6.0% 145,788
April
2021
6.0% 8.0% 6.1% 149,057
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 6.2% 152,332
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 6.5% 159,639
January
2021
6.4% 9.0% 6.8% 164,552

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.