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Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Maria fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Maria peaked in April 2020 at 14.3% and is now 0.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Santa Maria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
California 16.3% -0.1 +12.2
Santa Maria 13.9% -0.4 +10.1
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 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 1,523 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Santa Maria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Maria, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Maria 28,769 -1,523 +20,502

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Maria, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 16.3% 13.9% 28,769
April
2020
14.7% 16.4% 14.3% 30,292
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 5.0% 10,746
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 3.5% 7,560
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 3.4% 7,501
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.3% 7,319
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.4% 7,428
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.5% 7,557
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.5% 7,688
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 3.6% 7,814
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 3.6% 7,943

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.