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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced rose 0.3 percentage points in June 2017 to 9.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.9 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.1% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.3% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
California 4.7% 0.0 -0.8
Merced 9.6% +0.3 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with June 2017 data as July 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 9,745 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,573 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 445. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 11,018 +445 -1,012

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
July
2017
4.3% 4.8%
June
2017
4.4% 4.7% 9.6% 11,018
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 9.3% 10,573
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 9.6% 10,964
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 9.9% 11,415
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 10.1% 11,562
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 10.2% 11,737
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 10.0% 11,579
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 10.1% 11,576
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 10.3% 11,814
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 10.4% 12,016
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 10.4% 12,030

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.