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Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Riverside fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Riverside peaked in December 2009 at 14.1% and is now 9.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in November 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Riverside unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
California 4.3% -0.1 -0.8
Riverside 4.5% 0.0 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 257,768. There are now 165,890 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 89,424 in November 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,454. Riverside employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Riverside, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Riverside 91,878 -492 -16,346

Number of Unemployed Persons

Riverside, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.5% 91,878
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 4.5% 92,370
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.5% 91,501
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.4% 89,424
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 4.8% 97,053
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 5.3% 108,213
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 5.6% 111,644
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 5.3% 106,094
June
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.2% 104,158
May
2017
4.3% 4.9% 5.1% 101,124
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.2% 104,665

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.