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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced fell 0.6 percentage points in March 2022 to 8.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.2 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.8% and is now 10.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.1% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
California 4.9% -0.4 -3.5
Merced 8.1% -0.6 -3.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2022 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 21,028. There are now 11,610 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,397 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 21. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 9,418 -666 -3,267

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
April
2022
3.6%
March
2022
3.6% 4.9% 8.1% 9,418
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 8.7% 10,084
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 9.1% 10,588
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 9.4% 10,961
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 9.4% 10,941
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 9.5% 11,041
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 9.8% 11,397
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 10.2% 11,814
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 10.6% 12,188
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 10.8% 12,431
May
2021
5.8% 7.9% 10.9% 12,541

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.