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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2019 to 8.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.0 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.2% and is now 9.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.1% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.3% +0.1 0.0
Merced 8.3% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2019 data as April metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Merced, California, National

Merced, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Merced, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Merced peaked in November 2010 at 20,634. There are now 10,988 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,295 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 351. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 9,646 +185 -107

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
April
2019
3.6%
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 8.3% 9,646
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 8.2% 9,461
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 8.1% 9,384
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 8.1% 9,307
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 8.1% 9,295
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 8.1% 9,314
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 8.2% 9,427
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 8.3% 9,570
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 8.4% 9,711
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 8.5% 9,807
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 8.5% 9,829

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.