California Unemployment Rate Report

California Unemployment by County

California Current Unemployment 16.1%

California Historical Unemployment Trends

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Since 2005 the unemployment rate in California has ranged from 3.5% in May 2019 to 16.1% in April 2020. The current unemployment rate for California is 16.1% for April 2020. See how other local areas compare by using our Unemployment Compare tool.

CA Unemployment Rate by Month

2012 CA Unemployment Rate
Month/Year CA % National %
1/2020 4.3% 3.6%
2/2020 4.3% 3.5%
3/2020 5.8% 4.4%
4/2020 16.1% 14.7%

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