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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno rose 0.4 percentage points in May 2015 to 10.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.9 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Fresno peaked in November 2010 at 17.0% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.8% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Fresno unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
California 6.4% +0.1 -1.2
Fresno 10.3% +0.4 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 29,337 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 43,157 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,720. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 45,877 +1,972 -5,760

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 6.4% 10.3% 45,877
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
January
2015
5.7% 7.0% 10.6% 47,139
December
2014
5.6% 7.1% 11.0% 48,873
November
2014
5.8% 7.2% 11.1% 49,293
October
2014
5.7% 7.2% 11.2% 49,385
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 11.3% 49,645
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 11.4% 50,136
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 11.4% 50,429
June
2014
6.1% 7.5% 11.5% 50,793

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.