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Merced, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Merced fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 9.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Merced peaked in December 2009 at 18.2% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.6% in December 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.1 percentage points. You can also compare Merced unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
California 8.5% -0.5 +4.2
Merced 9.7% -0.1 +1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 9,809 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Merced employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Merced, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Merced 11,104 -148 +1,988

Number of Unemployed Persons

Merced, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployment Rate
Merced
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 9.7% 11,104
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 9.8% 11,252
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 11.4% 13,038
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 10.2% 11,565
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 11.1% 12,698
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 12.7% 14,255
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 12.0% 13,352
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 14.4% 16,384
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 15.9% 17,991
May
2020
13.3% 15.6% 17.0% 19,401
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 18.0% 20,913

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.