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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto rose 0.3 percentage points in April 2016 to 8.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.3 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in March 2010 at 17.2% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.3% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.4
California 5.3% -0.1 -1.2
Modesto 8.6% +0.3 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2016 data as May 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 20,443 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 20,167 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 942. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 21,109 +651 -2,628

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
May
2016
4.7% 5.2%
April
2016
5.0% 5.3% 8.6% 21,109
March
2016
5.0% 5.4% 8.3% 20,458
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 8.3% 20,167
January
2016
4.9% 5.7% 8.5% 20,703
December
2015
5.0% 5.9% 9.0% 21,956
November
2015
5.0% 5.9% 9.2% 22,424
October
2015
5.0% 5.9% 9.4% 22,647
September
2015
5.1% 6.0% 9.3% 22,552
August
2015
5.1% 6.0% 9.3% 22,514
July
2015
5.3% 6.1% 9.4% 22,733
June
2015
5.3% 6.2% 9.6% 23,248

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.