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San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Luis Obispo rose 0.8 percentage points in March 2020 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Luis Obispo peaked in March 2010 at 10.2% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in November 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo 3.5% +0.8 +0.4
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 Luis Obispo, California, National

San Luis Obispo, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

San Luis Obispo, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in San Luis Obispo peaked in April 2010 at 13,638. There are now 8,633 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,739 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,266. San Luis Obispo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Luis Obispo, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
San Luis Obispo 5,005 +1,109 +699

Number of Unemployed Persons

San Luis Obispo, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
San Luis Obispo
Unemployment Rate
San Luis Obispo
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 15.5%
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 3.5% 5,005
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 2.7% 3,896
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 2.7% 3,828
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.6% 3,739
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.6% 3,740
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 2.7% 3,757
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.7% 3,787
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 2.7% 3,837
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 2.8% 3,910
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 2.8% 4,003
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 2.9% 4,115

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.