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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 9.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.4 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in November 2010 at 15.8% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.7% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
California 5.4% -0.1 -1.2
Bakersfield 9.8% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April 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 19,830 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 500. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 39,251 +500 -835

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 5.3%
March
2016
5.0% 5.4% 9.8% 39,251
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
November
2015
5.0% 5.9% 10.3% 40,328
October
2015
5.0% 5.9% 10.2% 40,038
September
2015
5.1% 6.0% 10.2% 39,830
August
2015
5.1% 6.0% 10.2% 39,898
July
2015
5.3% 6.1% 10.3% 40,204
June
2015
5.3% 6.2% 10.3% 40,604
May
2015
5.5% 6.4% 10.3% 40,816

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.