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California-Lexington Park, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for California fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2019 to 3.4%. 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 February 2010 at 6.7% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare California unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.2
Maryland 3.6% -0.1 -0.1
California 3.4% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2019 data as November 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 3,549. There are now 1,630 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons October 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
California 1,919 -32 -55

Number of Unemployed Persons

California, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
November
2019
3.5%
October
2019
3.6% 3.6% 3.4% 1,919
September
2019
3.5% 3.7% 3.5% 1,951
August
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.5% 1,975
July
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.5% 1,945
June
2019
3.7% 3.8% 3.5% 1,928
May
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.5% 1,965
April
2019
3.6% 3.8% 3.6% 1,997
March
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.7% 2,027
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.6% 2,011
January
2019
4.0% 3.7% 3.6% 1,990
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.6% 1,978

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.