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California-Lexington Park, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for California fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Maryland rate. The unemployment rate in California peaked in February 2010 at 6.8% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare California unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Maryland 4.1% -0.1 +0.1
California 3.8% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: California, Maryland, National

California, Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

California, Maryland Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in California peaked in March 2010 at 3,600. There are now 1,512 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
California 2,088 -97 -114

Number of Unemployed Persons

California, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 3.8% 2,088
September
2018
3.7% 4.2% 4.0% 2,185
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 4.1% 2,294
July
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.2% 2,352
June
2018
4.0% 4.3% 4.0% 2,207
May
2018
3.8% 4.3% 3.9% 2,166
April
2018
3.9% 4.3% 4.2% 2,315
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 4.4% 2,465
February
2018
4.1% 4.2% 4.4% 2,431
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.3% 2,372
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.1% 2,274

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.