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Salinas, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salinas fell 0.5 percentage points in March 2022 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Salinas peaked in April 2020 at 18.1% and is now 11.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Salinas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
California 4.9% -0.4 -3.5
Salinas 6.2% -0.5 -2.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2022 data as April 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 38,287. There are now 24,953 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Salinas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salinas, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Salinas 13,334 -1,046 -5,285

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salinas, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployed
April
2022
3.6%
March
2022
3.6% 4.9% 6.2% 13,334
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 6.7% 14,380
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 7.1% 15,200
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 7.4% 15,972
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 7.4% 15,950
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 7.5% 16,111
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 7.8% 16,637
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 8.1% 17,235
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 8.4% 17,747
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 8.6% 18,064
May
2021
5.8% 7.9% 8.7% 18,228

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.