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Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Santa Maria fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Santa Maria peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Santa Maria unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
California 4.6% -0.2 -3.7
Santa Maria 3.4% -0.2 -3.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 22,525 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Santa Maria 7,468 -509 -6,842

Number of Unemployed Persons

Santa Maria, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployment Rate
Santa Maria
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.4% 7,468
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
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 4.5% 9,920
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 4.7% 10,400
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 5.7% 12,546
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 6.0% 13,137
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 6.2% 13,625

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.