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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Cruz rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz peaked in November 2010 at 13.8% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in January 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Santa Cruz unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.1
Santa Cruz 4.7% +0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Santa Cruz, California, National

Santa Cruz, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Santa Cruz, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Santa Cruz peaked in November 2010 at 19,774. There are now 12,962 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,138 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 674. Santa Cruz employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Cruz, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Cruz 6,812 +91 +314

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Cruz, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.3%
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 4.7% 6,812
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 4.6% 6,721
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.6% 6,700
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.6% 6,778
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.9% 7,216
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 5.0% 7,228
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.9% 7,056
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 5.0% 7,162
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 5.3% 7,593
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.0% 7,263
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.7% 6,760

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.