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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced rose 0.1 percentage points in January 2023 to 7.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.4 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.8% and is now 11.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.4% -0.1 -0.6
California 4.2% +0.1 -1.0
Merced 7.6% +0.1 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2023 data as February 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 21,028. There are now 12,109 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,900 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,019. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 8,919 +169 -1,669

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
February
2023
3.6%
January
2023
3.4% 4.2% 7.6% 8,919
December
2022
3.5% 4.1% 7.5% 8,750
November
2022
3.6% 4.1% 7.4% 8,639
October
2022
3.7% 4.1% 7.1% 8,306
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 6.9% 8,081
August
2022
3.7% 3.8% 6.8% 7,907
July
2022
3.5% 3.8% 6.8% 7,900
June
2022
3.6% 3.9% 7.0% 8,155
May
2022
3.6% 4.0% 7.3% 8,496
April
2022
3.6% 4.1% 7.6% 8,900
March
2022
3.6% 4.4% 8.1% 9,443

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.