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El Centro, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Centro fell 0.5 percentage points in April 2022 to 15.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 10.6 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in El Centro peaked in November 2010 at 29.7% and is now 14.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare El Centro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
California 4.6% -0.2 -3.7
El Centro 15.2% -0.5 -3.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 12,870 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 April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
El Centro 10,642 -364 -1,960

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Centro, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 15.2% 10,642
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
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 16.0% 11,148
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 16.2% 11,298
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 16.6% 11,526
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 17.1% 11,813
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 17.5% 12,112

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.