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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Jose rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.6%. 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 December 2009 at 11.4% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in July 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
California 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
San Jose 2.6% +0.1 -0.4
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 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 March 2010 at 104,072. There are now 75,829 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,703 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,540. San Jose employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Jose, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 28,243 +830 -4,076

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.6% 28,243
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.5% 27,413
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 2.5% 26,703
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 2.5% 27,705
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 2.8% 30,135
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 2.6% 28,320
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 2.6% 28,215
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 2.6% 28,293
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 2.8% 30,344
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 2.9% 30,992
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.0% 32,006

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.