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

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for San Luis Obispo fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Luis Obispo peaked in April 2020 at 15.1% and is now 12.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Luis Obispo 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 Luis Obispo 3.1% -0.2 -3.1
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 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 2020 at 19,440. There are now 15,202 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. San Luis Obispo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Luis Obispo, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
San Luis Obispo 4,238 -284 -3,981

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
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.1% 4,238
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 3.3% 4,522
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 3.6% 4,911
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 3.8% 5,231
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 4.1% 5,576
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 4.0% 5,529
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 4.1% 5,580
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 4.3% 5,950
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 4.7% 6,453
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 5.1% 6,996
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 5.6% 7,489

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.