Department of Numbers

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Job Growth

There were 101,800 jobs in Santa Cruz, California in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 137,953 employed persons for the month. Santa Cruz lost 100 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 289 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Santa Cruz job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 101,800 -100 +4,200
CPS 137,953 -289 +4,518

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 peaked in November 2016 at 101,900. Since then 100 jobs have been lost in Santa Cruz according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 143,299 for Santa Cruz in January 2001. 5,346 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 17,749 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Santa Cruz, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 101,800 -100 137,953 -289
November 2016 101,900 500 138,242 158
October 2016 101,400 800 138,084 827
September 2016 100,600 -900 137,257 968
August 2016 101,500 600 136,289 853
July 2016 100,900 600 135,436 912
June 2016 100,300 300 134,524 174
May 2016 100,000 -300 134,350 -229
April 2016 100,300 800 134,579 -67
March 2016 99,500 -700 134,646 -127
February 2016 100,200 100 134,773 515
January 2016 100,100 2,500 134,258 823