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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Cruz fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Cruz peaked in April 2020 at 16.7% and is now 12.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Santa Cruz unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
California 4.6% -0.2 -3.7
Santa Cruz 4.4% -0.3 -3.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 16,017 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Cruz 5,937 -455 -4,055

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Cruz, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployment Rate
Santa Cruz
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.4% 5,937
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
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 6.0% 8,150
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 6.4% 8,580
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 6.8% 9,096
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 7.2% 9,556
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 7.4% 9,847

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.