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El Centro, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Centro fell 5.6 percentage points in August 2020 to 20.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 9.2 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in El Centro peaked in April 2020 at 30.0% and is now 9.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare El Centro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
California 11.2% -2.3 +7.3
El Centro 20.4% -5.6 +2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September 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 9,405 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,818 in May 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,215. El Centro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Centro, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
El Centro 14,033 -5,266 +980

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Centro, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9% 11.0%
August
2020
8.4% 11.2% 20.4% 14,033
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
14.7% 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
3.6% 3.9% 18.4% 13,196
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 18.2% 13,073
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 18.3% 13,099
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 18.3% 13,116

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.