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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2016 to 10.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.8 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.1% and is now 8.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.8% in November 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 December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
California 5.2% -0.1 -0.7
Merced 10.0% +0.2 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2016 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 20,763. There are now 9,183 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,353 in November 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 227. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 11,580 +227 -1,294

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 10.0% 11,580
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 9.8% 11,353
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

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.