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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2014 to 12.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 5.5 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in September 2010 at 18.8% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 12.6% in September 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
California 7.1% -0.1 -1.1
Merced 12.6% 0.0 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 November 2010 at 20,759. There are now 6,434 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,156 in September 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 169. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 14,325 +18 -1,132

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5% 6.7%
January
2015
5.7% 7.0%
December
2014
5.6% 7.1% 12.6% 14,325
November
2014
5.8% 7.2% 12.6% 14,307
October
2014
5.7% 7.2% 12.6% 14,172
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 12.6% 14,156
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 12.7% 14,259
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 12.9% 14,516
June
2014
6.1% 7.5% 13.1% 14,808
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 13.5% 15,268
April
2014
6.2% 7.8% 13.7% 15,532
March
2014
6.6% 7.9% 13.7% 15,592

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.