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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2021 to 10.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.8% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.1% in November 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.9 percentage points. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
California 7.9% -0.1 -7.7
Merced 10.0% 0.0 -6.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 21,268. There are now 9,778 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,373 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 117. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 11,490 +55 -7,022

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 7.9% 10.0% 11,490
April
2021
6.1% 8.0% 10.0% 11,435
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 10.1% 11,526
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 10.4% 11,878
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 10.7% 12,226
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 11.0% 12,621
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 10.1% 11,373
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 11.5% 13,269
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 12.3% 13,788
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 12.9% 14,469
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 13.7% 15,378

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.