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San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in December 2009 at 10.1% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare San Francisco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
California 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
San Francisco 2.7% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 165,256 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 65,741 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,737. San Francisco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Francisco, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 69,478 +1,978 -8,590

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.7% 69,478
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.6% 67,500
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 2.6% 65,741
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 2.6% 67,224
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 2.8% 71,775
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 2.7% 68,038
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 2.6% 67,040
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

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.