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El Centro, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Centro rose 0.6 percentage points in May 2018 to 16.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 12.3 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in El Centro peaked in November 2010 at 29.9% and is now 13.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 15.9% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare El Centro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.7
El Centro 16.5% +0.6 -2.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 data as June 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 12,079 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 421. El Centro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Centro, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
El Centro 11,735 +421 -2,099

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Centro, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 16.5% 11,735
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 15.9% 11,314
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 17.4% 12,607
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 17.9% 12,985
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 17.9% 12,980
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 18.3% 13,237
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 18.5% 13,489
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 18.5% 13,558
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 18.6% 13,703
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 18.7% 13,805
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 18.6% 13,686

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.