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El Centro, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Centro fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 13.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 9.3 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in El Centro peaked in November 2010 at 29.7% and is now 16.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 13.2% in August 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare El Centro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
California 3.9% -0.2 -2.5
El Centro 13.2% 0.0 -3.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 November 2010 at 23,512. There are now 14,348 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. El Centro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Centro, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
El Centro 9,164 -5 -2,134

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Centro, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.9% 13.2% 9,164
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 13.2% 9,169
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 13.5% 9,373
June
2022
3.6% 4.2% 14.1% 9,845
May
2022
3.6% 4.3% 14.7% 10,264
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 15.2% 10,653
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 15.7% 11,006
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 16.0% 11,191
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 16.1% 11,231
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 16.1% 11,176
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 16.0% 11,147

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.