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Bakersfield-Delano, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield fell 0.2 percentage points in August 2014 to 10.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.7 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in February 2010 at 16.1% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
California 7.4% 0.0 -1.5
Bakersfield 10.1% -0.2 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2014 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bakersfield, California, National

Bakersfield, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bakersfield, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bakersfield peaked in April 2010 at 59,728. There are now 20,234 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 39,494 -702 -6,281

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
September
2014
5.9% 7.3%
August
2014
6.1% 7.4% 10.1% 39,494
July
2014
6.2% 7.4% 10.3% 40,196
June
2014
6.1% 7.4% 10.6% 41,484
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 11.0% 43,327
April
2014
6.3% 7.8% 11.3% 44,418
March
2014
6.7% 8.1% 11.2% 44,412
February
2014
6.7% 8.1% 11.0% 43,430
January
2014
6.6% 8.1% 11.0% 43,203
December
2013
6.7% 8.3% 11.0% 43,111
November
2013
7.0% 8.4% 11.2% 43,791
October
2013
7.2% 8.6% 11.3% 44,506
September
2013
7.2% 8.8% 11.5% 45,191

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.