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Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Riverside fell 2.3 percentage points in August 2020 to 10.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Riverside peaked in May 2020 at 15.5% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Riverside unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
California 11.2% -2.3 +7.3
Riverside 10.4% -2.3 +6.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September 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 315,502. There are now 102,054 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Riverside employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Riverside, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Riverside 213,448 -51,019 +132,519

Number of Unemployed Persons

Riverside, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9% 11.0%
August
2020
8.4% 11.2% 10.4% 213,448
July
2020
10.2% 13.5% 12.7% 264,467
June
2020
11.1% 14.9% 13.9% 288,495
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 15.5% 315,502
April
2020
14.7% 16.4% 15.0% 304,171
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 5.1% 105,757
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 3.9% 80,107
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 3.8% 79,718
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.8% 78,881
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 3.8% 79,185
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 3.8% 79,668

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.