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Bakersfield, California Job Growth

There were 257,700 jobs in Bakersfield, California in February 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 351,811 employed persons for the month. Bakersfield added 599 jobs in February 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,308 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bakersfield job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 257,700 +599 +300
CPS 351,811 -1,308 -8,274

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 July 2015 at 259,399. Since then 1,699 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield according to the employer survey. From a trough of 254,000 in August 2016, Bakersfield has gained 3,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 360,085 for Bakersfield in February 2016. 8,274 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2017

Bakersfield, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2017 257,700 599 351,811 -1,308
January 2017 257,100 1,100 353,119 -4,768
December 2016 256,000 -200 357,887 -1,610
November 2016 256,200 400 359,497 632
October 2016 255,800 1,100 358,865 1,580
September 2016 254,700 700 357,285 635
August 2016 254,000 -600 356,650 -65
July 2016 254,600 -800 356,715 3,643
June 2016 255,400 100 353,072 -2,450
May 2016 255,300 -900 355,522 -2,389
April 2016 256,200 0 357,911 -1,154
March 2016 256,200 -1,199 359,065 -1,020