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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2022 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in February 2010 at 17.7% and is now 12.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
California 4.1% +0.1 -1.7
Modesto 5.7% +0.1 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December 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 29,047 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,884 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,878. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 13,762 +357 -3,948

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 4.1% 5.7% 13,762
October
2022
3.7% 4.0% 5.6% 13,405
September
2022
3.5% 3.8% 5.4% 12,956
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 5.1% 12,358
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 4.9% 11,884
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

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.