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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 2021 to 17.0%. 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 13.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 16.5% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare El Centro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
California 8.5% -0.5 +4.2
El Centro 17.0% 0.0 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 December 2010 at 23,438. There are now 12,153 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,888 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 397. El Centro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Centro, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
El Centro 11,285 -70 -1,995

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Centro, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 17.0% 11,285
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 17.0% 11,355
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 19.1% 12,951
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 16.5% 10,888
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 16.5% 11,091
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 19.3% 13,062
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 19.3% 13,164
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 26.0% 19,299
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 29.0% 21,681
May
2020
13.3% 15.6% 29.9% 22,065
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 30.0% 22,237

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.