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El Centro, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Centro fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2018 to 18.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 14.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in El Centro peaked in November 2010 at 30.0% and is now 11.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare El Centro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
California 4.3% -0.1 -0.8
El Centro 18.4% -0.3 -4.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 23,859. There are now 10,423 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 February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
El Centro 13,436 -200 -3,584

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Centro, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 18.4% 13,436
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 18.7% 13,636
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 20.0% 14,795
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 21.3% 16,046
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 22.4% 17,163
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 23.4% 18,231
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 24.0% 18,657
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 23.3% 17,839
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 22.4% 16,897
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 21.8% 16,277
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 22.2% 16,699

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.