California Unemployment Statistics

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Understanding the severity and trends of unemployment in California is vital to ensuring the overall well-being of communities. The unemployment rate, reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the percent of {[state}} residents in the labor force who are unemployed. The labor force is essentially the pool of residents in California who are available to work; it excludes people not seeking employment, such as retired seniors and small children. 

Because the unemployment rate can vary in predictable ways from month to month—as hiring increases during winter holidays, for example—people often use a seasonally-adjusted rate, also published by the BLS, to better compare the data over time. 

What is the unemployment rate throughout California?

Note: Hover over to each county to see its unemployment rate. County data is not available with seasonally-adjusted rates.

Characteristics of California's unemployed population, shown below, are reported by the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS). Unlike the Census, which is an exact count of people and households every ten years, ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample.

How does the unemployment rate in California vary by demographics?

How does California's unemployment rate vary by education?

About the Data

Monthly unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program.

Characteristics of the unemployed population data is from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates, Table S2301.

This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.