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El Centro, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Centro fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2019 to 19.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 15.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in El Centro peaked in November 2010 at 29.9% and is now 10.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 15.9% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 3.4 percentage points. You can also compare El Centro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.1
El Centro 19.3% 0.0 +1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 23,814. There are now 9,864 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,314 in April 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,636. El Centro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Centro, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
El Centro 13,950 -155 +965

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Centro, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.3%
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 19.3% 13,950
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 19.3% 14,105
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 18.2% 13,630
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 18.0% 13,503
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 17.7% 13,162
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 17.4% 12,842
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 17.3% 12,667
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 17.0% 12,360
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 17.6% 12,815
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 16.4% 11,770
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 15.9% 11,314

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.