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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Jose fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2019 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Jose peaked in November 2009 at 11.4% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare San Jose unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.2% -0.1 0.0
San Jose 2.7% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2019 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: San Jose, California, National

San Jose, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

San Jose, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in San Jose peaked in February 2010 at 103,482. There are now 74,288 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 27,922 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,272. San Jose employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Jose, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 29,194 -549 +324

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
June
2019
3.7%
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 2.7% 29,194
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 2.7% 29,743
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 2.7% 29,898
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 2.7% 29,265
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 2.7% 28,948
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 2.6% 28,212
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.6% 28,163
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 2.6% 28,016
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.6% 27,922
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 2.6% 27,954
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 2.6% 28,154

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.