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Bakersfield, California Job Growth

There were 260,399 jobs in Bakersfield, California in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 353,503 employed persons for the month. Bakersfield lost 400 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,529 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bakersfield job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 260,399 -400 +4,199
CPS 353,503 +1,529 +5,997

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Bakersfield, California Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Bakersfield 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 for Bakersfield, California

CES employment for Bakersfield peaked in October 2017 at 260,800. Since then 400 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 354,649 for Bakersfield in October 2014. 1,146 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield since then according to the household survey. From a September 2016 low of 346,711, Bakersfield has added 6,792 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Bakersfield, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 260,399 -400 353,503 1,529
October 2017 260,800 100 351,974 1,408
September 2017 260,700 1,300 350,566 2,394
August 2017 259,399 1,699 348,172 328
July 2017 257,700 599 347,844 791
June 2017 257,100 -1,500 347,053 -718
May 2017 258,600 1,000 347,771 -1,141
April 2017 257,600 200 348,912 1,222
March 2017 257,399 -1,300 347,690 -671
February 2017 258,700 1,599 348,361 118
January 2017 257,100 1,100 348,243 632
December 2016 256,000 -200 347,611 105