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California-Lexington Park, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for California fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2022 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Maryland rate. The unemployment rate in California peaked in May 2020 at 7.3% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare California unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Maryland 4.2% -0.4 -1.5
California 3.7% -0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 2,139 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
California 2,114 -103 -504

Number of Unemployed Persons

California, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.2% 3.7% 2,114
March
2022
3.6% 4.6% 3.9% 2,217
February
2022
3.8% 5.0% 4.0% 2,293
January
2022
4.0% 5.4% 4.2% 2,419
December
2021
3.9% 5.4% 4.5% 2,611
November
2021
4.2% 5.4% 4.5% 2,609
October
2021
4.6% 5.7% 4.5% 2,622
September
2021
4.7% 5.8% 4.6% 2,668
August
2021
5.2% 6.2% 4.7% 2,720
July
2021
5.4% 6.1% 4.8% 2,752
June
2021
5.9% 6.1% 4.8% 2,741

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.