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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced rose 0.4 percentage points in August 2017 to 10.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 5.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.1% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.3% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
California 5.1% +0.3 -0.3
Merced 10.2% +0.4 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 9,116 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 1,074. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 11,647 +410 -383

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 5.1%
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 10.2% 11,647
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 9.8% 11,237
June
2017
4.4% 4.7% 9.6% 10,950
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

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.