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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced fell 0.6 percentage points in November 2016 to 9.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.5 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.1% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.6% -0.2 -0.4
California 5.3% -0.2 -0.6
Merced 9.8% -0.6 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2016 data as December 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 9,368 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 11,395 -776 -1,583

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
December
2016
4.7%
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 9.8% 11,395
October
2016
4.8% 5.5% 10.4% 12,171
September
2016
4.9% 5.5% 10.6% 12,292
August
2016
4.9% 5.5% 10.6% 12,215
July
2016
4.9% 5.5% 10.7% 12,339
June
2016
4.9% 5.4% 10.7% 12,293
May
2016
4.7% 5.2% 10.2% 11,728
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

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.