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Bakersfield, California Job Growth

There were 258,500 jobs in Bakersfield, California in May 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 347,700 employed persons for the month. Bakersfield added 899 jobs in May 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 1,212 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bakersfield job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 258,500 +899 +3,200
CPS 347,700 -1,212 -1,845

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 899 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield according to the employer survey. From a trough of 254,000 in August 2016, Bakersfield has gained 4,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 354,649 for Bakersfield in October 2014. 6,949 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield since then according to the household survey. From a September 2016 low of 346,711, Bakersfield has added 989 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2017

Bakersfield, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2017 258,500 899 347,700 -1,212
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
November 2016 256,200 400 347,506 202
October 2016 255,800 1,100 347,304 593
September 2016 254,700 700 346,711 -22
August 2016 254,000 -600 346,733 -1,063
July 2016 254,600 -800 347,796 -877
June 2016 255,400 100 348,673 -872