October 03, 2014
In August 2014, California had 7 of the 10 metropolitan areas with the highest unemployment rates. Among the 26 metropolitan areas in California, 19 had unemployment rates that were above the national average of 6.3 percent. The remaining areas had rates below the national average.
In August 2014, El Centro had the highest unemployment rate (25.1 percent) among areas in California and the second-highest unemployment rate among all U.S. areas. Visalia-Porterville (11.8 percent), Merced (11.3 percent), and Yuba City (11.0 percent) followed El Centro as those areas with the highest unemployment rates. Napa had the lowest unemployment rate (4.8 percent).
Among the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, had the highest unemployment rate (8.4 percent) in August 2014.
Eleven of the most populous metropolitan areas are made up of 34 metropolitan divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers. In August, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California, had the lowest unemployment rate (4.5 percent) among all metropolitan divisions.
These metropolitan area data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — August 2014” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑1795.