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Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Riverside fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.8%. 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 May 2020 at 16.1% and is now 11.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Riverside unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
California 4.6% -0.2 -3.7
Riverside 4.8% -0.3 -3.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 224,057 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Riverside employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Riverside, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Riverside 103,757 -7,218 -72,664

Number of Unemployed Persons

Riverside, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployment Rate
Riverside
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.8% 103,757
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
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 6.1% 130,887
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 6.1% 129,833
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 6.1% 130,755
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 6.5% 137,892
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 6.9% 147,412
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 7.4% 157,354
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 7.8% 165,709

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.