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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2017 to 7.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.7 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in March 2010 at 17.2% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.4% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
California 5.1% 0.0 -0.2
Modesto 7.8% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2017 data as October 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 22,067 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 18,103 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,382. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 19,485 -336 -1,549

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
October
2017
4.1% 4.9%
September
2017
4.2% 5.1% 7.8% 19,485
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 8.0% 19,821
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 7.7% 18,975
June
2017
4.4% 4.7% 7.5% 18,467
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 7.4% 18,103
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 7.6% 18,502
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 7.7% 18,983
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 7.8% 19,208
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 8.1% 19,864
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 8.0% 19,805
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 8.2% 20,166

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.