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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 10.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.8 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in November 2010 at 15.8% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.7% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
California 5.5% 0.0 -0.4
Bakersfield 10.3% -0.2 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 17,827 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 38,751 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,503. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 41,254 -533 +1,216

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 5.5% 10.3% 41,254
September
2016
5.0% 5.5% 10.5% 41,787
August
2016
4.9% 5.5% 10.5% 41,932
July
2016
4.9% 5.5% 10.6% 42,249
June
2016
4.9% 5.4% 10.6% 41,655
May
2016
4.7% 5.2% 10.1% 39,856
April
2016
5.0% 5.3% 10.1% 40,223
March
2016
5.0% 5.4% 9.8% 39,209
February
2016
4.9% 5.5% 9.7% 38,751
January
2016
4.9% 5.7% 9.9% 39,069
December
2015
5.0% 5.9% 10.3% 40,519

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.