Annual Unemployment Rate by Race & Ethnicity

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties

Data Source:

United States Census Bureau, American Community Survey


Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (2010, 2015, and 2019); 2020 data is from the American Commmunity Survey 1-Year Estimates and is considered experimental. Silicon Valley includes Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. The data counts the number of unemployed civilian persons, as well estimates the total civilian labor force in each racial/ethnic category for residents 16 years of age and older. White is not Hispanic or Latino. Data are limited to the household population and exclude the population living in institutions, college dormitories, and other group quarters. Data for Initial Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claims are from the California Employment Development Department, and include Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Estimates represent a weekly average for each month. Race is from optionally self-identified information at the time a claim is filed. County represents the mailing address given by the claimant at the time of filing; it is possible that an individual can reside in a different county than their mailing address. Initial claims represent the number of claims submitted for all UI programs in addition to federal extended benefit programs. Initial claims totals are not representative of the number of individuals filing as a claimant can have multiple initial claims. Employment data by race and ethnicity used to calculate UI claims filed per 10,000 employed is from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 and 2020 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, and includes all employed workers ages 16 and over.

*2020 data is experimental.

Data from the 2020 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates is considered experimental due to pandemic-related data collection issues.

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