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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 September 2022 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Maria peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 11.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in July 2022, 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 September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
California 3.9% -0.2 -2.5
Santa Maria 3.0% 0.0 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 29,993. There are now 23,407 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,582 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4. Santa Maria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Maria, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Maria 6,586 -1 -3,814

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Maria, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.9% 3.0% 6,586
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 3.0% 6,587
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 3.0% 6,582
June
2022
3.6% 4.2% 3.1% 6,824
May
2022
3.6% 4.3% 3.2% 7,127
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.4% 7,476
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 3.6% 7,977
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 3.9% 8,649
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 4.2% 9,237
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 4.5% 9,832
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 4.5% 9,802

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.