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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in February 2010 at 17.2% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.1
Modesto 6.3% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Modesto, California, National

Modesto, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Modesto, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Modesto peaked in March 2010 at 41,541. There are now 25,978 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,634 in April 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 929. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 15,563 -262 -92

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.3%
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 6.3% 15,563
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 6.4% 15,825
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 6.2% 15,239
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 6.1% 15,034
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 6.3% 15,387
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 6.4% 15,543
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 6.4% 15,527
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 6.6% 15,972
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 6.7% 16,389
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 6.3% 15,219
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 6.1% 14,634

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.