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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2020 to 16.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Fresno peaked in November 2010 at 16.9% and is now 0.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in December 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 9.8 percentage points. You can also compare Fresno unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
California 16.3% -0.1 +12.2
Fresno 16.6% -0.1 +9.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 425 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 43,639. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 74,394 -245 +41,214

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 16.3% 16.6% 74,394
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
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 7.1% 31,942
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 7.2% 32,321
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 7.3% 32,627

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.