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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 March 2019 to 4.8%. 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 9.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.7% in January 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Santa Cruz unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.3% +0.1 0.0
Santa Cruz 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2019 data as April 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 19,803. There are now 12,882 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,805 in February 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 116. Santa Cruz employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Cruz, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Cruz 6,921 +116 -15

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Cruz, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployed
April
2019
3.6% 4.3%
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 4.8% 6,921
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 4.7% 6,805
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 4.7% 6,823
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.8% 6,884
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.8% 6,878
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.8% 6,909
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.9% 7,023
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 5.0% 7,157
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 5.1% 7,273
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 5.1% 7,308
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 5.1% 7,229

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.