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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 7.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.3 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Fresno peaked in November 2010 at 16.9% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.2% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Fresno unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.1% -0.1 0.0
Fresno 7.4% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 74,806. There are now 41,036 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 32,362 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,408. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 33,770 -133 +244

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.1%
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 7.4% 33,770
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 7.5% 33,903
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 7.5% 34,198
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 7.5% 34,503
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 7.5% 34,291
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 7.3% 33,508
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 7.3% 33,036
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 7.2% 32,437
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 7.2% 32,371
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 7.2% 32,362

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.