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Salinas, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Salinas fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 7.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Salinas peaked in April 2020 at 20.0% and is now 12.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Salinas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
California 8.5% -0.5 +4.2
Salinas 7.3% -0.1 +1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 24,123 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Salinas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Salinas, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Salinas 15,678 -149 +2,593

Number of Unemployed Persons

Salinas, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployment Rate
Salinas
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 7.3% 15,678
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 7.4% 15,827
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 9.2% 18,424
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 8.9% 16,835
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 10.0% 19,165
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 11.6% 21,527
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 11.6% 21,447
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 14.2% 26,925
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 16.5% 32,103
May
2020
13.3% 15.6% 18.4% 35,841
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 20.0% 39,801

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.