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San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Francisco fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Francisco peaked in April 2020 at 13.9% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Francisco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
California 8.3% 0.0 -7.7
San Francisco 6.1% -0.1 -7.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 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 April 2020 at 341,064. There are now 191,808 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
San Francisco 149,256 -3,076 -191,808

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Francisco, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployment Rate
San Francisco
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 8.3% 6.1% 149,256
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 6.2% 152,332
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 6.5% 159,639
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 6.8% 164,552
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 7.5% 183,271
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 6.5% 157,870
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 7.8% 192,672
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 9.1% 219,263
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 9.6% 233,243
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 10.9% 266,579
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 11.8% 291,720

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.