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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 7.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.4 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Fresno peaked in November 2010 at 17.0% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.0% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Fresno unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.1
Fresno 7.6% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 75,198. There are now 40,276 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 31,998 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,924. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 34,922 +100 +708

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.3%
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 7.6% 34,922
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 7.5% 34,822
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 7.1% 32,820
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 7.0% 31,998
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 7.1% 32,157
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 7.2% 32,666
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 7.3% 32,830
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 7.5% 33,845
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 7.7% 34,967
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 7.4% 33,428
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 7.2% 32,582

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.