Unemployment Rate

How are we doing?

In San Diego County, 5.3 percent of people were unemployed. This is 0.7 percentage points lower than the Los Angeles County unemployment rate of 6.0 percent, 0.2 percentage points lower than the state unemployment rate of 5.5 percent and 0.7 percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate of 4.6 percent.

How is it measured?

The unemployment rate reports the percentage of people, 16+ years of age, who were not working but were able, available and actively looking for work. The annual unemployment rates were estimated using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Community Survey and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Why is it important?

Part of the County’s Live Well San Diego vision is a region that is Thriving. When people are unemployed, it is very hard to make ends meet. This struggle puts residents at risk of being unable to pay their bills or put nutritious food on the table for their families. Keeping an eye on the unemployment rate helps gauge the struggles that our residents are experiencing. Working to keep this rate low is key to a Thriving region.

Where are we going?

The County of San Diego is not only one of the largest employers in the region, it also partners throughout the region to encourage employment. 
  • Workforce Partnership Internships
  • Employee Resource Groups for retention and development
  • High School Diploma program through San Diego County Library
  • Programs and training for those in custody and on probation
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