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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield fell 0.4 percentage points in April 2017 to 9.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.6 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in November 2010 at 15.8% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
California 4.8% -0.1 -0.7
Bakersfield 9.4% -0.4 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 November 2010 at 59,081. There are now 22,852 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 36,229 -1,607 -4,680

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 4.7%
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 9.4% 36,229
March
2017
4.5% 4.9% 9.8% 37,836
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 9.9% 38,111
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 10.1% 38,948
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 10.1% 38,980
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 10.2% 39,363
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 10.3% 39,839
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 10.4% 40,216
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 10.4% 40,378
July
2016
4.9% 5.4% 10.4% 40,469
June
2016
4.9% 5.5% 10.4% 40,579

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.