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California-Lexington Park, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for California fell 0.2 percentage points in January 2023 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Maryland rate. The unemployment rate in California peaked in May 2020 at 7.3% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare California unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.4% -0.1 -0.6
Maryland 3.0% 0.0 -0.7
California 3.4% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2023 data as February 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 May 2020 at 4,253. There are now 2,310 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons January 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
California 1,943 -152 -476

Number of Unemployed Persons

California, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
February
2023
3.6%
January
2023
3.4% 3.0% 3.4% 1,943
December
2022
3.5% 3.0% 3.6% 2,095
November
2022
3.6% 3.1% 3.7% 2,153
October
2022
3.7% 3.2% 3.8% 2,194
September
2022
3.5% 3.2% 3.8% 2,166
August
2022
3.7% 3.4% 3.8% 2,161
July
2022
3.5% 3.2% 3.6% 2,086
June
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.6% 2,090
May
2022
3.6% 3.1% 3.6% 2,046
April
2022
3.6% 3.1% 3.7% 2,112
March
2022
3.6% 3.2% 3.9% 2,217

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.