Department of Numbers

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Job Growth

There were 102,800 jobs in Santa Cruz, California in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 135,305 employed persons for the month. Santa Cruz added 700 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 73 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Santa Cruz job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 102,800 +700 +2,900
CPS 135,305 -73 +970

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

Santa Cruz, California Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz, California

CES employment for Santa Cruz in March 2017 is at a new high of 102,800.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 143,299 for Santa Cruz in January 2001. 7,994 jobs have been lost in Santa Cruz since then according to the household survey. From a January 2010 low of 120,204, Santa Cruz has added 15,101 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Santa Cruz, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 102,800 700 135,305 -73
February 2017 102,100 300 135,378 -91
January 2017 101,800 0 135,469 -419
December 2016 101,800 -100 135,888 298
November 2016 101,900 100 135,590 349
October 2016 101,800 200 135,241 396
September 2016 101,600 600 134,845 442
August 2016 101,000 400 134,403 385
July 2016 100,600 100 134,018 164
June 2016 100,500 100 133,854 -167
May 2016 100,400 -500 134,021 -255
April 2016 100,900 1,000 134,276 -59