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Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Maria fell 0.8 percentage points in January 2021 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Maria peaked in April 2020 at 14.3% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in November 2020, 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 January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
California 9.0% -0.3 +4.8
Santa Maria 6.5% -0.8 +3.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 April 2020 at 30,292. There are now 16,473 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,871 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 948. Santa Maria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Maria, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Maria 13,819 -1,824 +6,318

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Maria, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5%
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 6.5% 13,819
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 7.3% 15,643
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 6.1% 12,871
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 6.6% 14,222
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 7.9% 16,569
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 7.9% 16,575
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 10.4% 21,747
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 11.9% 25,202
May
2020
13.3% 15.6% 13.8% 28,935
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 14.3% 30,292

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.