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El Centro, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Centro rose 0.2 percentage points in March 2019 to 19.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 14.9 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in El Centro peaked in December 2010 at 29.6% and is now 10.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 17.6% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.6 percentage points. You can also compare El Centro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.3% +0.1 0.0
El Centro 19.2% +0.2 +1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2019 data as April 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 23,455. There are now 9,675 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 12,432 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,348. El Centro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Centro, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
El Centro 13,780 +145 +1,209

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Centro, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployed
April
2019
3.6%
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 19.2% 13,780
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 19.0% 13,635
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 18.8% 13,498
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 18.5% 13,219
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 18.5% 13,243
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 18.5% 13,253
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 18.4% 13,143
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 18.2% 12,944
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 17.9% 12,707
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 17.7% 12,522
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 17.6% 12,432

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.