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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced rose 0.5 percentage points in May 2015 to 11.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 5.0 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in November 2010 at 18.2% and is now 6.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 10.7% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Merced 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
Merced 11.4% +0.5 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 20,788. There are now 7,522 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,385 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 881. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 13,266 +639 -1,577

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 6.4% 11.4% 13,266
April
2015
5.4% 6.3% 10.9% 12,627
March
2015
5.5% 6.5% 10.7% 12,385
February
2015
5.5% 6.7% 11.3% 13,107
January
2015
5.7% 7.0% 11.8% 13,775
December
2014
5.6% 7.1% 12.3% 14,405
November
2014
5.8% 7.2% 12.4% 14,450
October
2014
5.7% 7.2% 12.4% 14,401
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 12.5% 14,409
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 12.6% 14,482
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 12.6% 14,509
June
2014
6.1% 7.5% 12.7% 14,604

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.