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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Jose fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.6 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Jose peaked in April 2020 at 12.6% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Jose unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
California 7.6% 0.0 -5.6
San Jose 5.0% -0.1 -3.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 131,471. There are now 79,638 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 51,833 -1,400 -40,514

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 5.0% 51,833
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 5.1% 53,233
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 5.2% 54,297
April
2021
6.1% 8.0% 5.3% 55,615
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 5.4% 57,118
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 5.7% 59,686
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 6.0% 62,078
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 6.2% 64,885
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 5.5% 56,760
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 6.8% 71,068
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 7.4% 76,174

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.