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El Centro, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Centro fell 0.3 percentage points in July 2021 to 17.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 9.8 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in El Centro peaked in December 2010 at 30.1% and is now 12.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 16.7% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare El Centro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
California 7.6% 0.0 -5.6
El Centro 17.4% -0.3 -7.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: El Centro, California, National

El Centro, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

El Centro, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in El Centro peaked in December 2010 at 23,870. There are now 12,210 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,713 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 947. El Centro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Centro, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
El Centro 11,660 -143 -5,815

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Centro, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 17.4% 11,660
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 17.7% 11,803
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 17.8% 11,790
April
2021
6.1% 8.0% 18.0% 11,855
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 18.1% 11,902
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 18.5% 12,131
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 18.8% 12,364
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 18.9% 12,417
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 16.7% 10,713
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 19.3% 12,754
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 19.9% 13,222

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.