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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced rose 0.2 percentage points in April 2016 to 10.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 5.3 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.1% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 10.4% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
California 5.3% -0.1 -1.2
Merced 10.6% +0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2016 data as May 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 8,508 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,975 in March 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 280. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 12,255 +280 -982

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 5.2%
April
2016
5.0% 5.3% 10.6% 12,255
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
June
2015
5.3% 6.2% 11.4% 13,105

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.