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Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Riverside fell 0.9 percentage points in January 2021 to 8.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Riverside peaked in May 2020 at 15.5% and is now 7.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.8% in November 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Riverside unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
California 9.0% -0.3 +4.8
Riverside 8.3% -0.9 +4.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 145,064 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 160,513 in November 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 9,925. Riverside employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Riverside, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Riverside 170,438 -21,711 +90,720

Number of Unemployed Persons

Riverside, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5%
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 8.3% 170,438
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 9.2% 192,149
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 7.8% 160,513
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 8.5% 177,174
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 10.0% 202,496
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 10.0% 202,735
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 12.7% 264,467
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 13.9% 288,495
May
2020
13.3% 15.6% 15.5% 315,502
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 15.0% 304,171

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.