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San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2022 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in May 2020 at 13.9% and is now 11.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Francisco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
California 3.9% -0.3 -3.5
San Francisco 2.6% -0.2 -3.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 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 May 2020 at 338,256. There are now 272,593 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 July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 65,663 -5,373 -71,876

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 2.6% 65,663
June
2022
3.6% 4.2% 2.8% 71,036
May
2022
3.6% 4.3% 3.0% 76,588
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.3% 82,841
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 3.5% 89,312
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 3.9% 97,133
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 4.2% 103,755
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 4.4% 110,408
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 4.4% 109,363
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 4.4% 110,227
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 4.7% 117,480

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.