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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 1.1 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Luis Obispo peaked in April 2020 at 14.3% and is now 1.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Luis Obispo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
California 16.4% 0.0 +12.3
San Luis Obispo 13.2% -1.1 +10.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 April 2020 at 18,982. There are now 2,027 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 May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
San Luis Obispo 16,955 -2,027 +12,840

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
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 14.9%
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 13.2% 16,955
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 3.9% 2.7% 3,828
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.6% 3,739
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.6% 3,740
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 2.7% 3,757
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 2.7% 3,787
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 2.7% 3,837

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.