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California-Lexington Park, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for California fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2020 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points lower than the Maryland rate. The unemployment rate in California peaked in April 2020 at 7.3% and is now 1.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in June 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare California unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 10.2% -0.9 +6.5
Maryland 7.8% -0.5 +4.2
California 5.7% 0.0 +2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2020 data as August 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 April 2020 at 4,037. There are now 939 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
California 3,098 -34 +1,217

Number of Unemployed Persons

California, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
August
2020
8.4% 6.9%
July
2020
10.2% 7.8% 5.7% 3,098
June
2020
11.1% 8.3% 5.7% 3,132
May
2020
13.3% 10.0% 6.9% 3,714
April
2020
14.7% 10.1% 7.3% 4,037
March
2020
4.4% 3.3% 3.1% 1,768
February
2020
3.5% 3.3% 3.1% 1,766
January
2020
3.6% 3.3% 3.1% 1,784
December
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.1% 1,780
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.1% 1,803
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.2% 1,830
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 1,855

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.