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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 9.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.8 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Fresno peaked in November 2010 at 17.0% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.1% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Fresno unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
California 5.4% -0.1 -1.2
Fresno 9.2% +0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Fresno, California, National

Fresno, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Fresno, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Fresno peaked in November 2010 at 75,165. There are now 34,235 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 40,560 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 370. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 40,930 +370 -5,094

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 5.3%
March
2016
5.0% 5.4% 9.2% 40,930
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 9.1% 40,560
January
2016
4.9% 5.7% 9.3% 41,431
December
2015
5.0% 5.9% 9.9% 44,215
November
2015
5.0% 5.9% 9.9% 44,359
October
2015
5.0% 5.9% 10.0% 44,297
September
2015
5.1% 6.0% 10.0% 44,194
August
2015
5.1% 6.0% 10.0% 44,396
July
2015
5.3% 6.1% 10.1% 44,879
June
2015
5.3% 6.2% 10.3% 45,486
May
2015
5.5% 6.4% 10.4% 45,994

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.