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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2018 to 7.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.5 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.1% and is now 10.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.6% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
California 4.2% +0.1 -0.3
Merced 7.7% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2018 data as January 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 December 2010 at 20,779. There are now 11,617 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,068 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 94. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 9,162 +94 -402

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
January
2019
4.0%
December
2018
3.9% 4.2% 7.7% 9,162
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 7.6% 9,068
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 8.0% 9,450
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 8.0% 9,466
August
2018
3.8% 4.2% 8.0% 9,419
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 8.3% 9,715
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 8.6% 10,057
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 8.2% 9,573
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 8.0% 9,315
March
2018
4.0% 4.3% 8.0% 9,299
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 8.2% 9,458

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.