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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Cruz rose 0.2 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz peaked in April 2020 at 16.7% and is now 12.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in June 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Santa Cruz unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
California 3.9% -0.2 -2.5
Santa Cruz 4.3% +0.2 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 21,954. There are now 16,184 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,486 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 284. Santa Cruz employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Cruz, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Cruz 5,770 +190 -2,810

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Cruz, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.9% 4.3% 5,770
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 4.1% 5,580
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 4.1% 5,486
June
2022
3.6% 4.2% 4.1% 5,569
May
2022
3.6% 4.3% 4.2% 5,703
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.4% 5,941
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 4.7% 6,392
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 5.2% 7,001
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 5.6% 7,533
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 6.0% 8,062
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 6.0% 8,034

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.