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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Job Growth

There were 102,600 jobs in Santa Cruz, California in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 136,672 employed persons for the month. Santa Cruz lost 200 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 416 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Santa Cruz job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 102,600 -200 +700
CPS 136,672 +416 +1,082

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 July 2017 at 103,300. Since then 700 jobs have been lost in Santa Cruz according to the employer survey. From a trough of 101,900 in September 2017, Santa Cruz has gained 700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 143,299 for Santa Cruz in January 2001. 6,627 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 16,468 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Santa Cruz, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 102,600 -200 136,672 416
October 2017 102,800 900 136,256 570
September 2017 101,900 -1,100 135,686 905
August 2017 103,000 -300 134,781 131
July 2017 103,300 400 134,650 96
June 2017 102,900 200 134,554 -77
May 2017 102,700 -100 134,631 -344
April 2017 102,800 0 134,975 -389
March 2017 102,800 700 135,364 -14
February 2017 102,100 300 135,378 -91
January 2017 101,800 0 135,469 -419
December 2016 101,800 -100 135,888 298