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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 2018 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz peaked in November 2010 at 13.7% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in January 2018, 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 February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
California 4.3% -0.1 -0.8
Santa Cruz 4.6% +0.1 -1.8
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: 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 19,742. There are now 13,057 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,492 in January 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 193. Santa Cruz employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Cruz, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Cruz 6,685 +193 -2,618

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Cruz, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.6% 6,685
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.5% 6,492
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.7% 8,199
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 5.6% 8,155
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 6.0% 8,648
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 6.4% 9,240
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 6.5% 9,365
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 6.3% 9,083
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 6.2% 8,923
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 6.2% 8,922
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 6.4% 9,185

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.