In 2019, San Antonio saw the lowest unemployment rate in a decade at 3.1%, down from 7.0% in 2010. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the unemployment rate more than doubled to 7.5%, higher than its been in more than a decade. In 2022, the unemployment rate fell to 5.2%, placing San Antonio 19th among the top 50 largest U.S. cities for lowest unemployment.
Supplemental unemployment data from Workforce Solutions Alamo show that the majority of unemployment claims during 2020 were filed by women of color. This aligns with national unemployment data and highlights a disparity in job loss by race and gender at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.