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Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Maria fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Maria peaked in April 2020 at 14.4% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.0% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Santa Maria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
California 7.6% 0.0 -5.6
Santa Maria 6.0% -0.1 -3.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 April 2020 at 30,764. There are now 17,640 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,878 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 246. Santa Maria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Maria, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Maria 13,124 -101 -7,634

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Maria, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 6.0% 13,124
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 6.1% 13,225
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 6.1% 13,222
April
2021
6.1% 8.0% 6.2% 13,307
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 6.2% 13,462
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 6.4% 13,877
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 6.6% 14,253
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 6.7% 14,689
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 6.0% 12,878
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 7.3% 15,951
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 7.8% 17,015

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.