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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 11.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 5.2 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in November 2010 at 18.2% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 10.5% in September 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
California 5.8% +0.1 -1.3
Merced 11.0% 0.0 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 20,788. There are now 8,211 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,950 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 627. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 12,577 -77 -1,828

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.8% 11.0% 12,577
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 11.0% 12,654
October
2015
5.0% 5.8% 10.8% 12,352
September
2015
5.1% 5.9% 10.5% 11,950
August
2015
5.1% 6.1% 10.8% 12,278
July
2015
5.3% 6.2% 10.8% 12,426
June
2015
5.3% 6.3% 11.0% 12,705
May
2015
5.5% 6.4% 11.3% 13,149
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

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.