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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 0.4 percentage points in April 2022 to 5.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in February 2010 at 17.7% and is now 12.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
California 4.6% -0.2 -3.7
Modesto 5.5% -0.4 -3.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 42,809. There are now 29,643 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 13,166 -988 -8,514

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 5.5% 13,166
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 5.9% 14,154
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 6.5% 15,530
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 7.0% 16,718
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 7.4% 17,746
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 7.4% 17,710
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 7.5% 18,003
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 7.9% 18,970
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 8.4% 20,059
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 8.8% 20,980
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 9.0% 21,502

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.