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Visalia-Porterville, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Visalia fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2021 to 9.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Visalia peaked in May 2020 at 19.5% and is now 9.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Visalia 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
Visalia 9.9% -0.2 +0.5
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: Visalia, California, National

Visalia, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Visalia, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Visalia peaked in May 2020 at 37,278. There are now 17,933 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Visalia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Visalia, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Visalia 19,345 -159 +89

Number of Unemployed Persons

Visalia, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Visalia
Unemployment Rate
Visalia
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 9.9% 19,345
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 10.1% 19,504
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 11.7% 22,987
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 10.6% 20,537
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 11.6% 22,856
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 13.6% 25,998
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 13.0% 24,510
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 16.2% 30,798
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 17.7% 34,152
May
2020
13.3% 15.6% 19.5% 37,278
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 19.1% 37,196

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.