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Salinas, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salinas fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2021 to 9.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Salinas peaked in April 2020 at 18.5% and is now 9.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in April 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.6 percentage points. You can also compare Salinas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
California 7.5% -0.1 -4.8
Salinas 9.4% -0.1 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2021 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Salinas, California, National

Salinas, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Salinas, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Salinas peaked in April 2020 at 39,589. There are now 19,027 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,392 in April 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,170. Salinas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salinas, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Salinas 20,562 -144 -3,758

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salinas, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployed
September
2021
4.8% 7.5%
August
2021
5.2% 7.5% 9.4% 20,562
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 9.5% 20,706
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 9.7% 21,130
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 8.5% 18,340
April
2021
6.1% 8.0% 6.8% 14,392
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 7.2% 15,122
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 7.7% 16,197
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 8.2% 17,358
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 8.0% 17,154
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 8.4% 17,632
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 9.9% 20,950

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.