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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 July 2019 to 3.9%. 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 October 2010 at 9.8% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Santa Maria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.1% -0.1 0.0
Santa Maria 3.9% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 20,772. There are now 12,338 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,031 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 403. Santa Maria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Maria, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Maria 8,434 -138 +57

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Maria, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.1%
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 3.9% 8,434
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 3.9% 8,572
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 4.0% 8,704
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 4.0% 8,751
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 3.9% 8,679
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 3.8% 8,394
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 3.8% 8,252
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.7% 8,060
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.7% 8,042
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.7% 8,031

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.