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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 0.1 percentage points in August 2021 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Luis Obispo peaked in April 2020 at 15.2% and is now 9.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.5% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare San Luis Obispo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
California 7.5% -0.1 -4.8
San Luis Obispo 5.5% -0.1 -2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 data as September 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 19,740. There are now 12,640 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 August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
San Luis Obispo 7,100 -87 -3,828

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
September
2021
4.8%
August
2021
5.2% 7.5% 5.5% 7,100
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 5.6% 7,187
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 5.6% 7,293
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 5.6% 7,293
April
2021
6.1% 8.0% 5.6% 7,317
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 5.6% 7,323
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 6.2% 8,166
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 6.3% 8,327
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 6.4% 8,469
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 5.5% 7,125
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 6.6% 8,694

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.