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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Cruz fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2021 to 7.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz peaked in April 2020 at 16.9% and is now 9.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.9% in April 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Santa Cruz unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
California 7.6% 0.0 -5.6
Santa Cruz 7.2% 0.0 -4.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 13,000 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,087 in April 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 405. Santa Cruz employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Cruz, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Cruz 9,492 +119 -5,568

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Cruz, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 7.2% 9,492
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 7.2% 9,373
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 7.0% 9,201
April
2021
6.1% 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
6.3% 9.0% 7.4% 9,688
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 7.4% 9,626
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 7.2% 9,421
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 9.0% 11,879
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 9.6% 12,605

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.