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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto rose 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 8.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in January 2010 at 17.6% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in February 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.7 percentage points. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
California 8.3% 0.0 -7.7
Modesto 8.4% +0.1 -8.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 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 42,788. There are now 22,716 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,757 in February 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,315. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 20,072 +260 -20,973

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 8.3% 8.4% 20,072
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 8.3% 19,812
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 8.3% 19,717
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 7.9% 18,817
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 8.8% 21,097
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 8.6% 20,414
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 10.6% 25,776
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 11.3% 26,732
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 11.8% 28,081
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 12.6% 30,118
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 13.7% 33,260

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.