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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2014 to 11.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.3 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in January 2010 at 17.3% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
California 7.6% -0.2 -1.4
Modesto 11.9% -0.2 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June 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 April 2010 at 41,678. There are now 13,513 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 28,165 -603 -3,094

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 7.4%
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 11.9% 28,165
April
2014
6.3% 7.8% 12.1% 28,768
March
2014
6.7% 8.1% 12.2% 28,958
February
2014
6.7% 8.1% 12.0% 28,604
January
2014
6.6% 8.1% 12.1% 28,716
December
2013
6.7% 8.3% 12.2% 28,984
November
2013
7.0% 8.4% 12.4% 29,338
October
2013
7.2% 8.6% 12.5% 29,710
September
2013
7.2% 8.8% 12.7% 30,074
August
2013
7.2% 8.9% 12.8% 30,404
July
2013
7.3% 9.0% 12.9% 30,676
June
2013
7.5% 9.0% 13.0% 30,926

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.