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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 10.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.7 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in January 2010 at 17.3% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
California 7.1% -0.1 -1.1
Modesto 10.8% -0.2 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 April 2010 at 41,678. There are now 16,044 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 25,555 in September 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 79. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 25,634 -415 -3,350

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
February
2015
5.5% 6.7%
January
2015
5.7% 7.0%
December
2014
5.6% 7.1% 10.8% 25,634
November
2014
5.8% 7.2% 11.0% 26,049
October
2014
5.7% 7.2% 10.9% 25,675
September
2014
5.9% 7.3% 10.9% 25,555
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 10.9% 25,613
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 11.1% 26,123
June
2014
6.1% 7.5% 11.4% 26,931
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 11.9% 28,112
April
2014
6.2% 7.8% 12.1% 28,768
March
2014
6.6% 7.9% 12.2% 28,958

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.