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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Jose fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Jose peaked in April 2020 at 12.3% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Jose unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
California 4.6% -0.2 -3.7
San Jose 2.8% -0.2 -2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 April 2020 at 128,899. There are now 98,842 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. San Jose employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Jose, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 30,057 -2,330 -27,690

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 2.8% 30,057
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 3.0% 32,387
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 3.3% 35,120
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 3.5% 37,477
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 3.8% 39,921
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 3.7% 39,523
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 3.8% 39,819
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 4.0% 42,456
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 4.4% 46,045
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 4.8% 49,888
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 5.1% 53,215

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.