California Unemployment Rate:

16.30% for May 2020
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California Unemployment Rate is at 16.30%, compared to 16.40% last month and 4.10% last year. This is higher than the long term average of 7.22%.

The California Unemployment Rate measures the total number of employees in California that are a part of the labor force, but are without a job. Unemployment rates can be a good gauge for how the economy is performing in a particular region. Historically, the unemployment rate in California reached as high as 12.40% in 2010, while the United States reached 9.50% in that time frame. California's unemployment was higher than the nation's average after the financial crisis largely due to construction jobs.

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May 31, 2020 16.30%
April 30, 2020 16.40%
March 31, 2020 5.50%
Feb. 29, 2020 3.90%
Jan. 31, 2020 3.90%
Dec. 31, 2019 3.90%
Nov. 30, 2019 3.90%
Oct. 31, 2019 3.90%
Sept. 30, 2019 3.90%
Aug. 31, 2019 3.90%
July 31, 2019 4.00%
June 30, 2019 4.00%
May 31, 2019 4.10%
April 30, 2019 4.20%
March 31, 2019 4.20%
Feb. 28, 2019 4.30%
Jan. 31, 2019 4.30%
Dec. 31, 2018 4.30%
Nov. 30, 2018 4.20%
Oct. 31, 2018 4.20%
Sept. 30, 2018 4.20%
Aug. 31, 2018 4.20%
July 31, 2018 4.20%
June 30, 2018 4.20%
May 31, 2018 4.30%
   
April 30, 2018 4.30%
March 31, 2018 4.30%
Feb. 28, 2018 4.30%
Jan. 31, 2018 4.40%
Dec. 31, 2017 4.40%
Nov. 30, 2017 4.50%
Oct. 31, 2017 4.50%
Sept. 30, 2017 4.60%
Aug. 31, 2017 4.70%
July 31, 2017 4.70%
June 30, 2017 4.80%
May 31, 2017 4.90%
April 30, 2017 5.00%
March 31, 2017 5.00%
Feb. 28, 2017 5.10%
Jan. 31, 2017 5.20%
Dec. 31, 2016 5.30%
Nov. 30, 2016 5.40%
Oct. 31, 2016 5.40%
Sept. 30, 2016 5.40%
Aug. 31, 2016 5.40%
July 31, 2016 5.50%
June 30, 2016 5.50%
May 31, 2016 5.50%
April 30, 2016 5.50%

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Stats

Last Value 16.30%
Latest Period May 2020
Last Updated Jun 19 2020, 10:31 EDT
Next Release Jul 17 2020, 10:30 EDT
Long Term Average 7.22%
Value from 1 Year Ago 4.10%
Change from 1 Year Ago 297.6%
Frequency Monthly
Unit Percent
Adjustment Seasonally Adjusted
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