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El Centro, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Centro rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 16.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 8.5 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in El Centro peaked in April 2020 at 30.0% and is now 13.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 16.5% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare El Centro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
California 8.2% -0.8 +4.3
El Centro 16.7% +0.2 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 23,438. There are now 12,540 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 November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
El Centro 10,898 -193 -2,201

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Centro, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 16.7% 10,898
October
2020
6.9% 9.0% 16.5% 11,091
September
2020
7.8% 11.1% 19.3% 13,062
August
2020
8.4% 11.2% 19.3% 13,164
July
2020
10.2% 13.5% 26.0% 19,299
June
2020
11.1% 14.9% 29.0% 21,681
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 29.9% 22,065
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 30.0% 22,237
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 22.5% 16,612
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 18.5% 13,280
January
2020
3.5% 3.9% 18.4% 13,196

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.