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Visalia-Porterville, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Visalia rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2021 to 11.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.6 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Visalia peaked in April 2020 at 18.6% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 10.1% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.4 percentage points. You can also compare Visalia unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
California 7.9% -0.1 -7.7
Visalia 11.5% +0.1 -6.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 April 2020 at 37,581. There are now 15,030 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 19,238 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,313. Visalia employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Visalia, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Visalia 22,551 +88 -13,340

Number of Unemployed Persons

Visalia, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Visalia
Unemployment Rate
Visalia
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 7.9% 11.5% 22,551
April
2021
6.1% 8.0% 11.4% 22,463
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 10.2% 19,670
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 10.2% 19,611
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 10.1% 19,238
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 11.1% 21,477
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 10.6% 20,633
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 12.5% 25,068
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 13.3% 25,894
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 13.8% 27,049
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 14.6% 28,593

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.