Unemployment Rate

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Unemployment Rate: 7.3%
Percent of the total civilian labor force that is unemployed. Reflecting most recent data available (2021).

In 2020, the Live Well San Diego Indicator: Unemployment Rate showed 15.5% of San Diego County residents were unemployed. The report below shows the following charts: Data by Year, HHSA Service Region, City and Sub-regional Areas. Simply click the report's forward or back arrow to view each chart. (Reports are best viewed and printed in Google Chrome.)

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Why We Measure Unemployment Rate

The rate of unemployment has a strong negative influence on the financial health and overall well-being of the population. It reflects a community’s overall economic situation and provides information about the percentage of the population that may be at risk for various health concerns associated with unemployment. Unemployment is linked to an increase in the following.

  • Risk of worse health outcomes, including higher mortality rates
  • Unhealthy behaviors related to alcohol and tobacco consumption, and diet and exercise which all can, in turn, increase the risk of disease and mortality

The rising number of young people connected to neither education nor the labor market is of particular concern. Because employer-sponsored health insurance is the most common source of health insurance coverage, unemployment can also limit access to health care. Evaluations, such as the County Health Rankings, Healthy People 2010 and Healthy People 2020, all measure unemployment as an indicator for success.

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What is Being Done

Combining on-the-job training and classroom instruction through apprenticeship models has a long history of success. The concept of a formal, paid training program that combines on-the-job and classroom instruction can be applied to virtually any field, including the rapidly expanding health care and business administration sectors. Expanding apprenticeship programs can create new pathways to work for young Americans.

Additional Resources

View the most recent San Diego Monthly Employment Report and other labor market news.

The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) also maintains other data about the workforce, including demographics and wages on its San Diego Labor Market Information.


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