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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 February 2018 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in San Luis Obispo peaked in March 2010 at 10.3% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare San Luis Obispo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
California 4.3% -0.1 -0.8
San Luis Obispo 3.0% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 13,700. There are now 9,346 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 February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
San Luis Obispo 4,354 -14 -1,053

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
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 3.0% 4,354
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 3.1% 4,368
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.1% 4,386
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.1% 4,372
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.5% 4,930
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 3.8% 5,390
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 3.9% 5,545
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 3.7% 5,195
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 3.5% 4,949
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 3.5% 4,884
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 3.6% 5,011

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.