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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Jose fell 0.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 5.0 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Jose peaked in April 2020 at 12.0% and is now 0.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Jose unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
California 16.4% 0.0 +12.3
San Jose 11.4% -0.6 +8.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 April 2020 at 127,612. There are now 8,263 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 119,349 -8,263 +91,428

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 14.9%
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 11.4% 119,349
April
2020
14.7% 16.4% 12.0% 127,612
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 3.3% 35,844
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 2.5% 27,201
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 2.5% 26,988
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.4% 26,703
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.5% 26,742
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 2.5% 26,821
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.5% 26,934
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 2.5% 27,078

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.