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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 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Luis Obispo peaked in April 2020 at 14.3% and is now 8.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare San Luis Obispo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
California 8.5% -0.5 +4.2
San Luis Obispo 6.1% 0.0 +3.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 18,982. There are now 10,864 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,308 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 810. San Luis Obispo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Luis Obispo, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
San Luis Obispo 8,118 -4 +4,222

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
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 6.1% 8,118
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 6.1% 8,122
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 6.8% 9,174
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 5.5% 7,308
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 6.1% 8,085
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 7.3% 9,505
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 7.3% 9,485
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 9.5% 12,635
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 11.3% 14,896
May
2020
13.3% 15.6% 13.2% 17,335
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 14.3% 18,982

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.