Department of Numbers

California Job Growth

There were 16,681,200 jobs in California in April 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 18,254,693 employed persons for the month. California lost 16,300 jobs in April 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 27,764 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is California job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 16,681,200 -16,300 +236,700
CPS 18,254,693 +27,764 +272,607

California Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for California as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in California

CES employment peaked in March 2017 for California at 16,697,500. Since then 16,300 jobs have been lost in California according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in California for April 2017 is at a new high of 18,254,693.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2017

California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2017 16,681,200 -16,300 18,254,693 27,764
March 2017 16,697,500 22,800 18,226,929 37,337
February 2017 16,674,700 21,500 18,189,592 13,678
January 2017 16,653,200 15,299 18,175,914 10,489
December 2016 16,637,900 4,800 18,165,425 7,727
November 2016 16,633,099 29,599 18,157,698 12,993
October 2016 16,603,500 53,300 18,144,705 18,354
September 2016 16,550,200 37,500 18,126,351 24,534
August 2016 16,512,700 5,000 18,101,817 30,189
July 2016 16,507,700 65,799 18,071,628 32,660
June 2016 16,441,900 -13,000 18,038,968 30,732
May 2016 16,454,900 10,400 18,008,236 26,150