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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 8.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.9 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in March 2010 at 17.2% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Modesto 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
Modesto 8.1% -0.1 -0.9
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: Modesto, California, National

Modesto, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Modesto, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Modesto peaked in March 2010 at 41,552. There are now 21,414 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 20,138 -159 -1,818

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
January
2017
4.8%
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 8.1% 20,138
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 8.2% 20,297
October
2016
4.8% 5.5% 8.7% 21,602
September
2016
4.9% 5.5% 8.9% 21,902
August
2016
4.9% 5.5% 8.9% 21,922
July
2016
4.9% 5.5% 8.9% 22,009
June
2016
4.9% 5.4% 8.8% 21,519
May
2016
4.7% 5.2% 8.2% 20,187
April
2016
5.0% 5.3% 8.5% 20,981
March
2016
5.0% 5.4% 8.3% 20,458
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 8.3% 20,167

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.