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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Cruz rose 1.7 percentage points in March 2020 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz peaked in November 2010 at 13.8% and is now 7.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in December 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.8 percentage points. You can also compare Santa Cruz unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
California 5.5% +1.6 +1.3
Santa Cruz 6.1% +1.7 +1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 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 19,801. There are now 11,068 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,184 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,549. Santa Cruz employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Cruz, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Cruz 8,733 +2,401 +1,841

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Cruz, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 15.5%
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 6.1% 8,733
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 4.4% 6,332
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 4.5% 6,378
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.3% 6,184
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.5% 6,367
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 4.6% 6,550
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.7% 6,720
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 4.8% 6,855
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.9% 6,939
June
2019
3.7% 4.0% 4.9% 6,962
May
2019
3.6% 4.1% 4.9% 6,948

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.