Overall unemployment rate moved down to 7.6% with the biggest shift in Restaurants & Hotels, which lost 500 roles, based on the most recently available information published in April 2022.

Total employment in the Salinas, CA market rose by 3,509 jobs in March and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 130 bps to 7.6%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 39 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Salinas, CA unemployment rate is 385 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 450 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) declined in March versus prior month by -1.1% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Salinas, CA Unemployment March 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.1%. Key sectors include:

  • Government: 35,000; +400
  • Transportation & Utilities: 25,400; no change
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 21,800; -500
  • Education & Healthcare: 20,800; no change
  • Business Services: 14,200; -400
  • Construction, Mining: 6,800; +100
  • Manufacturing: 5,400; +100
  • Other Jobs: 5,100; +100
  • Financial Services: 4,100; no change
  • IT & Development: 900; no change
Salinas, CA Unemployment by Industry March 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through March 2022 (Data published April 2022 and reports created on April 27, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.