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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2017 to 8.7%. 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 8.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Fresno unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
California 4.8% -0.1 -0.7
Fresno 8.7% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 36,513 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 38,652 -1,140 -3,888

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 4.7%
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 8.7% 38,652
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
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 9.5% 42,334
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 9.4% 42,152
July
2016
4.9% 5.4% 9.4% 41,977
June
2016
4.9% 5.5% 9.4% 41,921

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.