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Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Riverside rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Riverside peaked in December 2009 at 14.1% and is now 10.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Riverside unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
California 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Riverside 4.1% +0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Riverside, California, National

Riverside, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Riverside, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Riverside peaked in March 2010 at 257,812. There are now 173,485 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 79,886 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,441. Riverside employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Riverside, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Riverside 84,327 +2,035 -11,158

Number of Unemployed Persons

Riverside, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.1% 84,327
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.0% 82,292
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 3.9% 79,886
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.0% 81,177
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.4% 88,987
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.2% 85,038
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.2% 84,753
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.2% 85,192
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.4% 90,143
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.5% 91,271
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.6% 93,781

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.