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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 2019 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Luis Obispo peaked in March 2010 at 10.3% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in March 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare San Luis Obispo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.1
San Luis Obispo 3.1% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 2010 at 13,698. There are now 9,231 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 534. San Luis Obispo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Luis Obispo, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
San Luis Obispo 4,467 -34 +127

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
2019
3.8% 4.3%
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 3.1% 4,467
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 3.1% 4,501
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 2.9% 4,239
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.8% 4,061
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 2.9% 4,129
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.8% 4,026
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 2.8% 3,933
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 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% 4.3% 2.9% 4,061

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.