California unemployment statistics

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The following is a list of California unemployment statistics.

Many of the counties with the lowest unemployment rates had relatively high levels of income. They were also located in Northern California, with two exceptions: Orange and San Luis Obispo counties. The counties with the highest unemployment rates were generally located in inland areas and had lower levels of income.

California has had an average unemployment rate of 7.5 percent for each year since 1976. Since that year, it has reached 10.0 percent or more on two occasions: 1982 and during the Great Recession. In 2013, unemployment fell below 10.0 percent to 8.9 percent. Unemployment rates in California reached historic lows in 2000 and 2006. Despite the fact that the Great Recession began in the late 2000s, unemployment rates in California were relatively low during that decade before it began.

Statewide unemployment[edit]

Data released March 7, 2014 for January 2014.

Population in labor force[1] 18,550,900
Population employed[1] 16,969,600
Population unemployed[1] 1,581,300
Unemployment rate[1] 8.5%

Unemployment by county[edit]

Data released March 7, 2014 for January 2014, except population data (released 2012).

County Population[2] Labor force[1] Employed[1] Unemployed[1] Unemp. rate (%)[1]
Alameda 1,494,876 779,100 726,500 52,600 6.7
Alpine 1,167 390 350 40 10.7
Amador 38,244 15,700 14,170 1,530 9.8
Butte 219,309 104,500 94,100 10,500 10.0
Calaveras 45,794 19,030 17,090 1,940 10.2
Colusa 21,297 11,040 8,180 2,860 25.9
Contra Costa 1,037,817 537,700 500,100 37,600 7.0
Del Norte 28,561 10,920 9,670 1,260 11.5
El Dorado 179,878 89,100 81,900 7,200 8.1
Fresno 920,623 446,800 386,000 60,800 13.6
Glenn 28,027 12,880 11,210 1,670 13.0
Humboldt 133,585 57,600 52,700 4,900 8.5
Imperial 171,343 80,500 62,800 17,700 22.0
Inyo 18,457 8,930 8,190 740 8.3
Kern 829,254 393,700 345,400 48,300 12.3
Kings 152,335 59,000 50,200 8,800 14.9
Lake 64,392 26,710 23,550 3,160 11.8
Lassen 35,001 12,690 11,240 1,450 11.4
Los Angeles 9,787,747 4,930,500 4,487,800 442,700 9.0
Madera 149,611 68,500 60,300 8,200 12.0
Marin 250,666 142,400 135,700 6,700 4.7
Mariposa 18,290 9,230 8,270 970 10.5
Mendocino 87,525 43,080 39,730 3,340 7.8
Merced 253,606 112,900 94,900 18,000 15.9
Modoc 9,587 3,560 3,100 460 13.0
Mono 14,016 8,410 7,770 640 7.6
Monterey 411,385 215,400 187,000 28,300 13.2
Napa 135,377 77,300 72,300 5,000 6.4
Nevada 98,392 49,870 46,240 3,630 7.3
Orange 2,989,948 1,615,400 1,521,900 93,500 5.8
Placer 343,554 178,500 165,900 12,500 7.0
Plumas 20,192 9,040 7,760 1,290 14.2
Riverside 2,154,844 957,000 866,300 90,700 9.5
Sacramento 1,408,480 677,300 621,400 55,900 8.2
San Benito 54,873 27,300 23,900 3,400 12.6
San Bernardino 2,023,452 870,200 788,100 82,200 9.4
San Diego 3,060,849 1,588,400 1,477,400 111,000 7.0
San Francisco 797,983 488,300 462,600 25,700 5.3
San Joaquin 680,277 295,800 256,800 39,000 13.2
San Luis Obispo 267,871 140,500 131,800 8,700 6.2
San Mateo 711,622 404,500 384,500 19,900 4.9
Santa Barbara 419,793 220,400 204,500 16,000 7.2
Santa Clara 1,762,754 928,200 871,300 57,000 6.1
Santa Cruz 259,402 148,100 131,600 16,400 11.1
Shasta 177,231 81,000 72,300 8,700 10.7
Sierra 3,277 1,420 1,240 190 13.1
Siskiyou 44,687 17,970 15,290 2,680 14.9
Solano 411,620 216,400 198,900 17,500 8.1
Sonoma 478,551 260,600 244,400 16,100 6.2
Stanislaus 512,469 238,200 206,600 31,600 13.3
Sutter 94,192 41,200 34,500 6,700 16.2
Tehama 62,985 25,270 22,430 2,840 11.3
Trinity 13,711 4,930 4,320 610 12.4
Tulare 436,234 205,300 174,100 31,100 15.2
Tuolumne 55,736 23,940 21,620 2,320 9.7
Ventura 815,745 432,100 399,700 32,400 7.5
Yolo 198,889 99,700 89,100 10,600 10.6
Yuba 71,817 26,500 22,600 3,900 14.5

Historical statewide unemployment rates[edit]

The unemployment rates in this table are annual averages without seasonal adjustment. The 1976-1989 rates are based on the March 2004 benchmark and were last updated April 26, 2005. The 1990-2012 rates are based on the March 2006 benchmark.

Year Labor force[3] Employed[3] Unemployed[3] U3 unemp.
rate
(%)[3]
U6 unemp.
rate
(%)[4]
2013 18,596,800 16,933,300 1,663,500 8.9 17.3
2012 18,494,900 16,560,300 1,934,500 10.5 19.3
2011 18,103,800 15,974,800 2,129,000 11.8 21.1
2010 18,176,200 15,916,300 2,259,900 12.4 22.1
2009 18,204,200 16,141,500 2,062,700 11.3 21.1
2008 18,191,000 16,883,400 1,307,600 7.2 13.4
2007 17,928,700 16,970,200 958,500 5.3 9.9
2006 17,686,700 16,821,300 865,400 4.9 9.1
2005 17,544,800 16,592,200 952,600 5.4 9.7
2004 17,444,400 16,354,800 1,089,700 6.2 11.0
2003 17,390,700 16,200,100 1,190,600 6.8 11.7
2002 17,343,600 16,180,800 1,162,800 6.7
2001 17,152,100 16,220,000 932,100 5.4
2000 16,857,600 16,024,300 833,200 4.9
1999 16,430,600 15,566,900 863,700 5.3
1998 16,166,900 15,203,700 963,200 6.0
1997 15,792,500 14,780,800 1,011,700 6.4
1996 15,435,900 14,303,500 1,132,400 7.3
1995 15,263,600 14,062,400 1,201,200 7.9
1994 15,271,000 13,953,900 1,317,200 8.6
1993 15,264,500 13,808,300 1,456,200 9.5
1992 15,309,800 13,874,200 1,435,600 9.4
1991 15,105,400 13,931,700 1,173,700 7.8
1990 15,168,500 14,294,100 874,400 5.8
1989 14,517,400 13,770,600 746,800 5.2
1988 14,134,900 13,388,300 746,600 5.3
1987 13,744,000 12,943,400 800,700 5.8
1986 13,334,500 12,434,200 900,300 6.8
1985 12,964,400 12,030,500 933,900 7.2
1984 12,626,500 11,643,400 983,100 7.8
1983 12,292,500 11,083,700 1,208,800 9.8
1982 12,150,300 10,931,100 1,219,200 10.0
1981 11,827,700 10,947,700 880,000 7.4
1980 11,587,800 10,791,400 796,400 6.9
1979 11,278,900 10,573,500 705,400 6.3
1978 10,913,900 10,132,800 781,200 7.2
1977 10,383,400 9,518,000 865,400 8.4
1976 9,888,100 8,979,800 908,400 9.2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Report 400 C - Monthly Labor Force Data for Counties - January 2014 - Preliminary". Employment Development Department, State of California. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  2. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey, 2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Table B01003. American FactFinder. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  3. ^ a b c d "California LaborMarketInfo, Data Library". Employment Development Department, State of California. 
  4. ^ "Alternative Measures of Labor Underutilization for States". Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor. Retrieved 2014-03-13.