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Chico, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chico fell 0.4 percentage points in November 2017 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Chico peaked in March 2010 at 14.1% and is now 8.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chico unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
California 4.6% -0.3 -0.7
Chico 5.2% -0.4 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chico, California, National

Chico, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chico, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chico peaked in March 2010 at 14,434. There are now 9,068 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chico employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chico, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Chico 5,366 -495 -1,094

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chico, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 5.2% 5,366
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 5.6% 5,861
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 6.2% 6,452
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 6.4% 6,604
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.9% 6,135
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.7% 5,881
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.6% 5,741
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 5.7% 5,912
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 5.8% 5,976
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 6.0% 6,186
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 6.1% 6,323

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.