Counties with the highest unemployment rate in California

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August 8, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in California

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of June of this year, national unemployment is at 3.5%, 0.1% lower than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.9% in New Mexico and 5.5% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in California using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in June 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#58. San Mateo County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 448,279 (9,154 unemployed)
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#57. San Francisco

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -3.7%
-Total Labor Force: 566,238 (12,411 unemployed)
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#56. Marin County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 129,709 (2,862 unemployed)
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#55. Santa Clara County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -3.2%
-Total Labor Force: 1,038,615 (23,055 unemployed)
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#54. Placer County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.1%
-Total Labor Force: 190,947 (4,929 unemployed)

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#53. San Luis Obispo County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 138,049 (3,573 unemployed)
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#52. Sonoma County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -3.4%
-Total Labor Force: 247,500 (6,570 unemployed)
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#51. Napa County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -3.7%
-Total Labor Force: 70,874 (1,915 unemployed)
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#50. Santa Barbara County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -3.4%
-Total Labor Force: 224,377 (6,340 unemployed)
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#49. El Dorado County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.5%
-Total Labor Force: 91,985 (2,624 unemployed)

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#48. Nevada County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 47,829 (1,369 unemployed)
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#47. Orange County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -4.0%
-Total Labor Force: 1,575,379 (45,169 unemployed)
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#46. Alameda County

- Current Unemployment rate: 2.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -4.0%
-Total Labor Force: 822,376 (24,207 unemployed)
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#45. Inyo County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 8,294 (251 unemployed)
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#44. Calaveras County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -3.0%
-Total Labor Force: 21,919 (669 unemployed)

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#43. Mono County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -4.3%
-Total Labor Force: 8,833 (272 unemployed)
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#42. San Diego County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -4.1%
-Total Labor Force: 1,568,463 (49,658 unemployed)
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#41. Ventura County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.6%
-Total Labor Force: 407,553 (12,922 unemployed)
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#40. Contra Costa County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -4.1%
-Total Labor Force: 549,662 (17,502 unemployed)
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#39. Sierra County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.1%
-Total Labor Force: 1,402 (45 unemployed)

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#38. Lassen County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -2.9%
-Total Labor Force: 9,013 (296 unemployed)
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#37. Mendocino County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -3.3%
-Total Labor Force: 37,644 (1,250 unemployed)
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#36. Yolo County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.1%
-Total Labor Force: 108,197 (3,651 unemployed)
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#35. Humboldt County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.5%
-Total Labor Force: 59,543 (2,015 unemployed)
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#34. Trinity County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -2.7%
-Total Labor Force: 4,591 (162 unemployed)

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#33. Sacramento County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -4.2%
-Total Labor Force: 717,919 (26,041 unemployed)
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#32. Amador County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.7%
-Total Labor Force: 14,557 (552 unemployed)
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#31. Santa Cruz County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -3.4%
-Total Labor Force: 136,585 (5,246 unemployed)
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#30. Modoc County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -2.6%
-Total Labor Force: 3,340 (129 unemployed)
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#29. Mariposa County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -3.7%
-Total Labor Force: 7,353 (286 unemployed)

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#28. Shasta County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.6%
-Total Labor Force: 73,383 (2,875 unemployed)
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#27. Tuolumne County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -3.8%
-Total Labor Force: 20,067 (788 unemployed)
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#26. Riverside County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -4.4%
-Total Labor Force: 1,146,346 (45,329 unemployed)
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#25. San Bernardino County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -4.5%
-Total Labor Force: 1,001,893 (39,735 unemployed)
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#24. Solano County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -4.3%
-Total Labor Force: 199,461 (7,981 unemployed)

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#23. Butte County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -3.7%
-Total Labor Force: 91,602 (3,669 unemployed)
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#22. San Benito County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -3.6%
-Total Labor Force: 32,684 (1,384 unemployed)
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#21. Tehama County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.7%
-Total Labor Force: 25,413 (1,084 unemployed)
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#20. Lake County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -3.8%
-Total Labor Force: 28,574 (1,244 unemployed)
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#19. Monterey County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -3.4%
-Total Labor Force: 221,106 (9,843 unemployed)

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#18. Del Norte County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -3.7%
-Total Labor Force: 9,407 (424 unemployed)
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#17. Glenn County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -3.2%
-Total Labor Force: 12,600 (585 unemployed)
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#16. Siskiyou County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -3.8%
-Total Labor Force: 16,616 (775 unemployed)
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#15. Plumas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -3.4%
-Total Labor Force: 7,855 (377 unemployed)
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#14. San Joaquin County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -4.6%
-Total Labor Force: 336,115 (16,662 unemployed)

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#13. Yuba County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -4.2%
-Total Labor Force: 31,197 (1,562 unemployed)
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#12. Los Angeles County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -4.8%
-Total Labor Force: 4,960,537 (256,702 unemployed)
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#11. Stanislaus County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -4.3%
-Total Labor Force: 236,476 (12,319 unemployed)
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#10. Madera County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -4.2%
-Total Labor Force: 62,496 (3,498 unemployed)
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#9. Fresno County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -4.2%
-Total Labor Force: 451,756 (26,215 unemployed)

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#8. Sutter County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -4.0%
-Total Labor Force: 46,287 (2,698 unemployed)
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#7. Alpine County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -3.4%
-Total Labor Force: 453 (27 unemployed)
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#6. Kings County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -4.5%
-Total Labor Force: 55,438 (3,534 unemployed)
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#5. Kern County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -4.5%
-Total Labor Force: 383,197 (25,916 unemployed)
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#4. Merced County

- Current Unemployment rate: 7.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -4.5%
-Total Labor Force: 115,103 (8,010 unemployed)
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#3. Tulare County

- Current Unemployment rate: 7.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.8%
--- 1 year change: -4.4%
-Total Labor Force: 207,181 (15,059 unemployed)
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#2. Colusa County

- Current Unemployment rate: 8.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -4.0%
-Total Labor Force: 11,099 (971 unemployed)
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#1. Imperial County

- Current Unemployment rate: 13.0%
--- 1 month change: +1.5%
--- 1 year change: -5.8%
-Total Labor Force: 68,891 (8,956 unemployed)

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