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Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Maria fell 1.0 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Maria peaked in April 2020 at 14.4% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Santa Maria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
California 6.9% -0.4 -1.8
Santa Maria 4.6% -1.0 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 20,759 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 November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Maria 10,005 -2,198 -2,873

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Maria, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 6.9% 4.6% 10,005
October
2021
4.6% 7.3% 5.6% 12,203
September
2021
4.7% 7.5% 5.8% 12,634
August
2021
5.2% 7.5% 6.0% 12,993
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 6.0% 13,103
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 6.1% 13,225
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 6.1% 13,222
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 9.0% 6.6% 14,253

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.