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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 May 2019 to 3.0%. 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 April 2010 at 10.3% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare San Luis Obispo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.2% -0.1 0.0
San Luis Obispo 3.0% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2019 data as June 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 March 2010 at 13,643. There are now 9,378 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,969 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 296. San Luis Obispo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in San Luis Obispo, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
San Luis Obispo 4,265 -55 +52

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
June
2019
3.7%
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 3.0% 4,265
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 3.0% 4,320
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 3.0% 4,324
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 3.0% 4,242
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 2.9% 4,159
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 2.8% 4,021
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.8% 4,010
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 2.8% 3,982
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 2.8% 3,969
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 2.8% 3,988
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 2.9% 4,047

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.