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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 0.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 16.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in April 2020 at 17.4% and is now 0.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
California 16.3% -0.1 +12.2
Modesto 16.7% -0.7 +10.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 April 2010 at 41,518. There are now 2,529 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,784 in December 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 25,205. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 38,989 -1,826 +24,163

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 16.3% 16.7% 38,989
April
2020
14.7% 16.4% 17.4% 40,815
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 7.6% 18,574
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 5.7% 13,993
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 5.8% 14,126
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 5.6% 13,784
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 5.8% 14,103
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 5.9% 14,423
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 6.0% 14,718
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 6.1% 14,926
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 6.2% 14,993

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.