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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 October 2018 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Maria peaked in March 2010 at 9.8% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in December 2017, 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
California 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Santa Maria 3.8% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 20,886. There are now 12,674 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,166 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 46. Santa Maria employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Santa Maria, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Maria 8,212 -26 -684

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Maria, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.8% 8,212
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.8% 8,238
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.8% 8,166
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.9% 8,362
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.1% 8,862
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.0% 8,555
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.0% 8,541
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 3.9% 8,432
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.0% 8,633
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.0% 8,559
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 3.8% 8,312

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.