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California-Lexington Park, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for California fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2018 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Maryland rate. The unemployment rate in California peaked in February 2010 at 6.8% and is now 2.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in September 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also compare California unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Maryland 4.2% +0.1 -0.1
California 4.3% 0.0 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 3,623. There are now 1,220 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,965 in September 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 438.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
California 2,403 +8 +182

Number of Unemployed Persons

California, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.2% 4.3% 2,403
January
2018
4.1% 4.1% 4.3% 2,395
December
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.0% 2,239
November
2017
4.1% 4.1% 4.1% 2,266
October
2017
4.1% 4.0% 3.7% 2,085
September
2017
4.2% 4.0% 3.5% 1,965
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 3.8% 2,130
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.9% 2,171
June
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.9% 2,153
May
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.7% 2,055
April
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.9% 2,137

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.