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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno rose 0.3 percentage points in November 2022 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Fresno peaked in October 2010 at 17.2% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.8% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Fresno unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
California 4.1% +0.1 -1.7
Fresno 6.3% +0.3 -1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Fresno, California, National

Fresno, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Fresno, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Fresno peaked in November 2010 at 76,242. There are now 47,794 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,017 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,431. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 28,448 +1,127 -8,051

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 4.1% 6.3% 28,448
October
2022
3.7% 4.0% 6.0% 27,321
September
2022
3.5% 3.8% 5.9% 26,595
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 5.8% 26,077
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 5.8% 26,017
June
2022
3.6% 4.2% 6.0% 26,917
May
2022
3.6% 4.3% 6.2% 28,123
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 6.5% 29,511
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 6.9% 31,302
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 7.4% 33,416
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 7.8% 35,111

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.