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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 0.2 percentage points in June 2015 to 9.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in March 2010 at 17.2% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.1% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% -0.2 -0.8
California 6.3% -0.1 -1.2
Modesto 9.4% -0.2 -1.7
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 41,534. There are now 18,962 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 21,936 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 636. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 22,572 -710 -4,307

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
June
2015
5.3% 6.3% 9.4% 22,572
May
2015
5.5% 6.4% 9.6% 23,282
April
2015
5.4% 6.3% 9.3% 22,376
March
2015
5.5% 6.5% 9.1% 21,936
February
2015
5.5% 6.7% 9.5% 23,077
January
2015
5.7% 7.0% 10.0% 24,126
December
2014
5.6% 7.1% 10.4% 25,098
November
2014
5.8% 7.2% 10.7% 25,771
October
2014
5.7% 7.2% 10.9% 26,159
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 11.0% 26,388
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 11.0% 26,570
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 11.0% 26,615

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.