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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2017 to 8.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.9 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in March 2010 at 17.2% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
California 5.1% -0.1 -0.6
Modesto 8.0% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2017 data as February 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 21,797 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 19,755 -383 -948

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
February
2017
4.7%
January
2017
4.8% 5.1% 8.0% 19,755
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 8.1% 20,138
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 8.2% 20,297
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 8.7% 21,602
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 8.9% 21,902
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 8.9% 21,922
July
2016
4.9% 5.4% 8.9% 22,009
June
2016
4.9% 5.5% 8.8% 21,519
May
2016
4.7% 5.5% 8.2% 20,187
April
2016
5.0% 5.5% 8.5% 20,981
March
2016
5.0% 5.6% 8.3% 20,458

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.