May 2021 County Labor Market Information

Unemployment Rate for San Luis Obispo County decreased in May 2021.

The San Luis Obispo County Monthly Employment Report (April 2021) shows a decrease in the civilian labor force, a decrease in civilian employment, and a decrease in civilian unemployment.



The California Employment Development Department (EDD) reported the unemployment rate was 5.6% in April 2021, down from a revised 5.8% in March 2021. SLO County continues to rank 6th lowest Unemployment Rate in the state. The unadjusted Unemployment Rate in California is 8.1% and 5.7% for the nation during the same period.


Month-over Job Changes

The Mining, Logging, and Construction and Government industries experienced the most job gains this reporting period, adding 300 jobs each during the month of April. The Trade, Transportation & Utilities and Professional & Business Service industries each gained 200 jobs. Finally, the Educational & Health Services and Other Services industries experienced a gain of 100 jobs each.

The Manufacturing, Information, Financial Activities, and Leisure & Hospitality industries underwent no change during the April reporting period.

There were no job losses reported during this period.

Total Farm experienced no change.

In the April reporting period, San Luis Obispo County employers experienced a gain of 1,200 jobs overall.


Year-over Job Changes

The Leisure & Hospitality industry is up 4,200 jobs from April of 2020. The Trade, Transportation & Utilities industry has also experienced a year over gain of 2,500 jobs. The Educational & Health Services industry had year-over gain of 1,200 jobs. Both the Manufacturing and Professional & Business Services industries are up 1,000 jobs from a year ago. Mining, Logging, and Construction and Other Services are each up 700 and the Information industry experienced a modest year-over gain of 100 jobs.

The Government industry is currently the industry with the highest year-over loss, losing 2,700 jobs, and the Financial Activities industries experienced a year-over loss of 100 jobs.

Total Farm experienced a year-over gain of 100 jobs.

Overall, employers in San Luis Obispo County have gained 8,700 jobs in the past year.

This report is written by the San Luis Obispo County Workforce Development Board Staff.

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