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El Centro, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Centro rose 0.4 percentage points in October 2018 to 17.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 13.7 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in El Centro peaked in November 2010 at 29.9% and is now 12.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 15.9% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.9 percentage points. You can also compare El Centro unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
California 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
El Centro 17.8% +0.4 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 10,628 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 1,872. El Centro employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Centro, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
El Centro 13,186 +344 -372

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Centro, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployment Rate
El Centro
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 17.8% 13,186
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 17.4% 12,842
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 17.3% 12,667
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 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% 4.2% 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

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.