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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2014 to 10.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.6 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in January 2010 at 17.3% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 10.9% in August 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
California 7.3% -0.1 -1.5
Modesto 10.9% 0.0 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 16,069 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 25,609 -4 -4,465

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 10.9% 25,609
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 10.9% 25,613
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 11.1% 26,123
June
2014
6.1% 7.4% 11.4% 26,931
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 11.9% 28,112
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

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.