Department of Numbers

California Job Growth

There were 16,777,800 jobs in California in August 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 18,196,763 employed persons for the month. California lost 8,200 jobs in August 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 14,101 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is California job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 16,777,800 -8,200 +265,100
CPS 18,196,763 -14,101 +94,946

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 July 2017 for California at 16,786,000. Since then 8,200 jobs have been lost in California according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in California reached a maximum of 18,258,265 in May 2017. 61,502 jobs have been lost in California since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2017

California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2017 16,777,800 -8,200 18,196,763 -14,101
July 2017 16,786,000 84,500 18,210,864 -25,691
June 2017 16,701,500 -3,200 18,236,555 -21,710
May 2017 16,704,700 24,799 18,258,265 3,657
April 2017 16,679,900 -17,599 18,254,608 27,679
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