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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield rose 0.4 percentage points in August 2017 to 9.9%. 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 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.0% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
California 5.1% +0.3 -0.3
Bakersfield 9.9% +0.4 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 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 November 2010 at 59,081. There are now 20,894 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 34,530 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,657. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 38,187 +1,712 -2,191

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 5.1%
August
2017
4.4% 5.1% 9.9% 38,187
July
2017
4.3% 4.8% 9.5% 36,475
June
2017
4.4% 4.7% 9.2% 35,250
May
2017
4.3% 4.7% 9.0% 34,530
April
2017
4.4% 4.8% 9.4% 36,153
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

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.