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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Cruz fell 1.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz peaked in April 2020 at 16.9% and is now 11.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Santa Cruz unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
California 6.9% -0.4 -1.8
Santa Cruz 5.9% -1.1 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 April 2020 at 22,492. There are now 14,616 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Santa Cruz employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Cruz, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Cruz 7,876 -1,479 -1,545

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Cruz, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 6.9% 5.9% 7,876
October
2021
4.6% 7.3% 7.0% 9,355
September
2021
4.7% 7.5% 7.2% 9,522
August
2021
5.2% 7.5% 7.3% 9,592
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 7.2% 9,481
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 7.2% 9,373
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 7.0% 9,201
April
2021
6.0% 8.0% 6.9% 9,087
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 7.0% 9,181
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 7.2% 9,498
January
2021
6.4% 9.0% 7.4% 9,688

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.