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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno fell 2.0 percentage points in August 2020 to 11.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Fresno peaked in November 2010 at 16.9% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in December 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 5.1 percentage points. You can also compare Fresno unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
California 11.2% -2.3 +7.3
Fresno 11.9% -2.0 +4.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September 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 74,819. There are now 22,288 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 30,755 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 21,776. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 52,531 -9,042 +20,210

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9% 11.0%
August
2020
8.4% 11.2% 11.9% 52,531
July
2020
10.2% 13.5% 13.9% 61,573
June
2020
11.1% 14.9% 15.0% 67,383
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 16.6% 74,303
April
2020
14.7% 16.4% 16.7% 74,639
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 9.5% 43,131
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 6.9% 31,302
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 6.9% 31,245
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 6.8% 30,755
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 6.9% 31,121
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 7.0% 31,523

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.