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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Cruz fell 1.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 15.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz peaked in April 2020 at 16.4% and is now 1.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Santa Cruz unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
California 16.4% 0.0 +12.3
Santa Cruz 15.4% -1.0 +10.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 22,179. There are now 2,304 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Santa Cruz employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Cruz, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Cruz 19,875 -2,304 +12,927

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Cruz, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 14.9%
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 15.4% 19,875
April
2020
14.7% 16.4% 16.4% 22,179
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 6.3% 8,905
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

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.