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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 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Luis Obispo peaked in March 2010 at 10.3% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare San Luis Obispo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
California 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
San Luis Obispo 2.9% +0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 13,698. There are now 9,556 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,933 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 209. San Luis Obispo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Luis Obispo, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
San Luis Obispo 4,142 +116 -534

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
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.9% 4,142
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.8% 4,026
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 2.8% 3,933
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 2.8% 4,020
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 3.0% 4,305
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 2.9% 4,130
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 2.9% 4,061
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 2.8% 4,029
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 3.0% 4,340
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 3.1% 4,394
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.1% 4,484

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.