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Salinas, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salinas fell 1.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 8.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Salinas peaked in April 2020 at 20.0% and is now 11.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Salinas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
California 8.2% -0.8 +4.3
Salinas 8.9% -1.1 +3.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 22,978 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Salinas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salinas, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Salinas 16,823 -2,342 +4,109

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salinas, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 8.9% 16,823
October
2020
6.9% 9.0% 10.0% 19,165
September
2020
7.8% 11.1% 11.6% 21,527
August
2020
8.4% 11.2% 11.6% 21,447
July
2020
10.2% 13.5% 14.2% 26,925
June
2020
11.1% 14.9% 16.5% 32,103
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 18.4% 35,841
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 3.9% 5.8% 12,959

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.