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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2022 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in February 2010 at 17.7% and is now 12.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
California 3.9% -0.3 -3.5
Modesto 4.9% -0.1 -3.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 data as August 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 30,948 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 11,861 -230 -9,119

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 4.9% 11,861
June
2022
3.6% 4.2% 5.0% 12,091
May
2022
3.6% 4.3% 5.2% 12,479
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 5.5% 13,185
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

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.