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Fresno, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Fresno fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 7.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.0 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Fresno peaked in November 2010 at 17.0% and is now 9.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Fresno unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
California 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Fresno 7.1% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 42,973 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Fresno employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Fresno, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Fresno 32,225 -441 -3,667

Number of Unemployed Persons

Fresno, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployment Rate
Fresno
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 7.1% 32,225
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 7.2% 32,666
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 7.3% 32,830
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 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% 4.2% 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

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.