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El Centro, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Centro fell 1.5 percentage points in November 2017 to 20.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 16.3 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in El Centro peaked in November 2010 at 30.0% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare El Centro 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
El Centro 20.9% -1.5 -2.4
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: El Centro, California, National

El Centro, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

El Centro, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in El Centro peaked in November 2010 at 23,859. There are now 8,186 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. El Centro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Centro, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
El Centro 15,673 -1,490 -2,146

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Centro, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 4.6% 20.9% 15,673
October
2017
4.1% 4.9% 22.4% 17,163
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 23.4% 18,231
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 24.0% 18,657
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 23.3% 17,839
June
2017
4.3% 4.7% 22.4% 16,897
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 21.8% 16,277
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 22.2% 16,699
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 22.9% 17,382
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 22.4% 17,020
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 22.8% 17,354

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.