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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in February 2010 at 17.1% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.1% -0.1 0.0
Modesto 6.2% 0.0 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 April 2010 at 41,470. There are now 26,425 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 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 15,045 -39 -972

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.1%
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 6.2% 15,045
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 6.2% 15,084
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 6.3% 15,219
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 6.3% 15,415
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 6.3% 15,488
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 6.3% 15,380
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 6.3% 15,410
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 6.3% 15,331
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 6.3% 15,319
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 6.3% 15,389

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.