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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2014 to 11.0%. 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 September 2010 at 16.8% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 10.7% in August 2014, 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 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
California 7.1% -0.1 -1.1
Fresno 11.0% 0.0 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 75,289. There are now 25,740 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 47,723 in September 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,826. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 49,549 -255 -4,484

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
March
2015
5.5%
February
2015
5.5% 6.7%
January
2015
5.7% 7.0%
December
2014
5.6% 7.1% 11.0% 49,549
November
2014
5.8% 7.2% 11.0% 49,804
October
2014
5.7% 7.2% 10.7% 48,279
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 10.7% 47,723
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 10.7% 47,808
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 10.9% 48,796
June
2014
6.1% 7.5% 11.2% 50,494
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 11.8% 53,161
April
2014
6.2% 7.8% 12.2% 54,970

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.