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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 November 2022 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Riverside peaked in May 2020 at 16.1% and is now 12.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in September 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Riverside unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
California 4.1% +0.1 -1.7
Riverside 3.9% +0.1 -2.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December 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 May 2020 at 327,814. There are now 242,708 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 81,645 in September 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,461. Riverside employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Riverside, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Riverside 85,106 +2,985 -44,727

Number of Unemployed Persons

Riverside, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 4.1% 3.9% 85,106
October
2022
3.7% 4.0% 3.8% 82,121
September
2022
3.5% 3.8% 3.7% 81,645
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 3.8% 82,048
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 3.9% 84,674
June
2022
3.6% 4.2% 4.2% 90,652
May
2022
3.6% 4.3% 4.5% 97,192
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.8% 103,797
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 5.1% 110,975
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 5.5% 118,556
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 5.8% 124,944

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.