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Salinas, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salinas rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 6.0%. 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 October 2010 at 13.1% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Salinas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
California 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Salinas 6.0% +0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 November 2010 at 28,489. There are now 15,089 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 13,049 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 351. Salinas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salinas, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Salinas 13,400 +274 -980

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salinas, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 6.0% 13,400
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 5.9% 13,126
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 5.9% 13,049
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 6.2% 13,643
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 6.5% 14,419
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 6.4% 14,143
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 6.4% 14,047
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 6.4% 14,236
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 6.6% 14,562
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 6.4% 14,160
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 6.4% 14,036

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.