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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 9.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.0 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Fresno peaked in November 2010 at 17.0% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.5% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Fresno unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
California 5.8% +0.1 -1.3
Fresno 9.8% +0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 75,214. There are now 31,723 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 42,101 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,390. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 43,491 +568 -5,382

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.8% 9.8% 43,491
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 9.7% 42,923
October
2015
5.0% 5.8% 9.7% 42,924
September
2015
5.1% 5.9% 9.5% 42,101
August
2015
5.1% 6.1% 9.7% 43,231
July
2015
5.3% 6.2% 9.8% 43,678
June
2015
5.3% 6.3% 9.9% 44,183
May
2015
5.5% 6.4% 10.2% 45,479
April
2015
5.4% 6.3% 9.9% 43,905
March
2015
5.5% 6.5% 9.8% 43,157
February
2015
5.5% 6.7% 10.2% 45,132

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.