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Salinas, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salinas fell 1.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 18.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Salinas peaked in April 2020 at 20.0% and is now 1.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Salinas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
California 16.3% -0.1 +12.2
Salinas 18.5% -1.5 +12.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 39,801. There are now 3,796 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Salinas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salinas, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Salinas 36,005 -3,796 +22,288

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salinas, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 16.3% 18.5% 36,005
April
2020
14.7% 16.4% 20.0% 39,801
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 8.7% 19,469
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 5.8% 13,085
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 5.8% 12,959
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 5.6% 12,600
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 5.7% 12,714
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 5.8% 12,838
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 5.9% 12,979
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 5.9% 13,128
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 6.0% 13,294

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.