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California-Lexington Park, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for California fell 0.0 percentage points in September 2022 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Maryland rate. The unemployment rate in California peaked in May 2020 at 7.3% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in May 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare California unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Maryland 4.0% -0.3 -1.8
California 3.8% 0.0 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 2,086 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,046 in May 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 121.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
California 2,167 +6 -501

Number of Unemployed Persons

California, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 3.8% 2,167
August
2022
3.7% 4.3% 3.8% 2,161
July
2022
3.5% 3.9% 3.6% 2,086
June
2022
3.6% 4.0% 3.6% 2,090
May
2022
3.6% 4.0% 3.6% 2,046
April
2022
3.6% 4.2% 3.7% 2,112
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

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.