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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2018 to 7.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.2 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Fresno peaked in November 2010 at 17.0% and is now 9.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.2% in April 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 May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.7
Fresno 7.4% +0.2 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 75,198. There are now 41,676 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 32,582 in April 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 940. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 33,522 +940 -5,207

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 7.4% 33,522
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 7.2% 32,582
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 7.4% 33,153
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 7.6% 34,214
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 7.5% 33,820
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 7.8% 35,101
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 7.8% 35,449
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 8.0% 35,892
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 8.2% 36,763
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 8.4% 37,582
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 8.4% 37,909

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.