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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno fell 0.4 percentage points in April 2022 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Fresno peaked in October 2010 at 17.2% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Fresno unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
California 4.6% -0.2 -3.7
Fresno 6.5% -0.4 -3.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 46,766 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 29,476 -1,826 -14,289

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 6.5% 29,476
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
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 8.2% 36,596
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 8.2% 36,499
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 8.3% 36,900
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 8.6% 38,416
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 9.0% 40,202
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 9.4% 41,818
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 9.7% 42,893

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.