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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 March 2019 to 4.3%. 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 14.2% and is now 9.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in July 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 March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.3% +0.1 0.0
Riverside 4.3% +0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2019 data as April 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 256,194. There are now 166,349 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 83,968 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,877. Riverside employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Riverside, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Riverside 89,845 +1,845 +605

Number of Unemployed Persons

Riverside, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployed
April
2019
3.6%
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 4.3% 89,845
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 4.2% 88,000
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 4.2% 87,071
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.1% 84,967
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.1% 84,839
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.1% 84,416
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 4.1% 84,023
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.1% 83,968
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.1% 84,463
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 4.2% 85,437
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 4.2% 86,647

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.