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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno rose 0.4 percentage points in August 2017 to 9.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.1 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 8.4% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Fresno unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
California 5.1% +0.3 -0.3
Fresno 9.2% +0.4 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 34,124 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 37,197 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,844. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 41,041 +1,853 -1,111

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 5.1%
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 9.2% 41,041
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 8.8% 39,188
June
2017
4.4% 4.7% 8.6% 38,159
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 8.4% 37,197
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 8.6% 38,495
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 8.9% 39,792
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 9.0% 40,453
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 9.2% 41,329
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 9.2% 41,157
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 9.3% 41,598
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 9.4% 42,132

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.