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Modesto, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Modesto fell 1.5 percentage points in January 2021 to 8.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Modesto peaked in April 2020 at 17.4% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Modesto unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
California 9.0% -0.3 +4.8
Modesto 8.2% -1.5 +2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 21,668 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 6,066. Modesto employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Modesto, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Modesto 19,850 -3,384 +5,724

Number of Unemployed Persons

Modesto, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployment Rate
Modesto
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5%
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 8.2% 19,850
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 9.7% 23,234
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 8.3% 19,640
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 9.5% 22,585
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 11.4% 26,138
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 11.5% 26,376
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 14.0% 32,531
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 15.1% 35,595
May
2020
13.3% 15.6% 16.8% 39,063
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 17.4% 40,815

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.