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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 0.6 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.7 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Luis Obispo peaked in April 2020 at 14.3% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Luis Obispo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
California 8.2% -0.8 +4.3
San Luis Obispo 5.5% -0.6 +2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 11,760 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 November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
San Luis Obispo 7,222 -863 +3,482

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
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 5.5% 7,222
October
2020
6.9% 9.0% 6.1% 8,085
September
2020
7.8% 11.1% 7.3% 9,505
August
2020
8.4% 11.2% 7.3% 9,485
July
2020
10.2% 13.5% 9.5% 12,635
June
2020
11.1% 14.9% 11.3% 14,896
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 13.2% 17,335
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 14.3% 18,982
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 3.6% 5,082
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 2.7% 3,896
January
2020
3.5% 3.9% 2.7% 3,828

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.