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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced fell 0.9 percentage points in May 2020 to 17.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.2% and is now 1.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.6% in December 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 9.5 percentage points. You can also compare Merced 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
Merced 17.1% -0.9 +9.0
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: 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 April 2020 at 20,913. There are now 1,308 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 19,605 -1,308 +10,140

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 16.3% 17.1% 19,605
April
2020
14.7% 16.4% 18.0% 20,913
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 10.8% 12,618
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 7.8% 9,116
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 7.8% 9,096
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 7.6% 8,911
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 7.7% 9,023
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 7.9% 9,138
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 8.0% 9,251
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 8.1% 9,341
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 8.2% 9,399

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.