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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Jose rose 0.7 percentage points in March 2020 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Jose peaked in November 2009 at 11.4% and is now 8.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in December 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare San Jose unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
California 5.5% +1.6 +1.3
San Jose 3.2% +0.7 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April 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 103,486. There are now 68,507 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,703 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,276. San Jose employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Jose, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
San Jose 34,979 +7,778 +6,057

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Jose, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployment Rate
San Jose
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 15.5%
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 3.2% 34,979
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
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 2.5% 27,268
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 2.5% 27,525
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 2.6% 27,921

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.