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Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Maria fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Maria peaked in March 2010 at 9.8% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Santa Maria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.1
Santa Maria 4.0% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Santa Maria, California, National

Santa Maria, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Santa Maria, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Santa Maria peaked in November 2010 at 20,886. There are now 12,142 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,953 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 791. Santa Maria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Maria, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Maria 8,744 -73 +111

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Maria, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.3%
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 4.0% 8,744
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 4.0% 8,817
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.7% 8,105
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.6% 7,953
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.8% 8,207
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.8% 8,238
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.8% 8,166
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.9% 8,362
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.1% 8,862
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.0% 8,555
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.0% 8,541

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.