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Salinas, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salinas fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Salinas peaked in June 2011 at 13.1% and is now 6.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.0% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Salinas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.1% -0.1 0.0
Salinas 6.2% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 July 2011 at 28,358. There are now 14,366 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,362 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 630. Salinas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salinas, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Salinas 13,992 -127 +277

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salinas, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.1%
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 6.2% 13,992
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 6.3% 14,119
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 6.3% 14,268
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 6.4% 14,432
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 6.3% 14,245
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 6.2% 13,927
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 6.1% 13,679
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 6.0% 13,419
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 6.0% 13,392
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 6.0% 13,362

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.