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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2016 to 10.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 5.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.1% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
California 5.2% -0.1 -1.2
Merced 10.3% -0.3 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Merced, California, National

Merced, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Merced, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Merced peaked in December 2010 at 20,763. There are now 8,965 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 11,798 -379 -1,481

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 5.4%
May
2016
4.7% 5.2% 10.3% 11,798
April
2016
5.0% 5.3% 10.6% 12,177
March
2016
5.0% 5.4% 10.4% 11,975
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 10.4% 11,976
January
2016
4.9% 5.7% 10.6% 12,206
December
2015
5.0% 5.9% 11.1% 12,874
November
2015
5.0% 5.9% 11.2% 12,978
October
2015
5.0% 5.9% 11.2% 12,846
September
2015
5.1% 6.0% 11.0% 12,670
August
2015
5.1% 6.0% 11.0% 12,697
July
2015
5.3% 6.1% 11.2% 12,865

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.