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Bakersfield-Delano, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 10.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.8 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in January 2010 at 16.0% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 10.9% in December 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
California 8.1% 0.0 -1.3
Bakersfield 10.9% 0.0 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 59,709. There are now 16,481 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 42,961 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 267. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 43,228 +266 -7,070

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 8.1%
February
2014
6.7% 8.1% 10.9% 43,228
January
2014
6.6% 8.1% 10.9% 42,962
December
2013
6.7% 8.3% 10.9% 42,961
November
2013
7.0% 8.4% 11.3% 44,449
October
2013
7.2% 8.6% 11.5% 44,841
September
2013
7.2% 8.8% 11.5% 44,946
August
2013
7.2% 8.9% 11.5% 44,769
July
2013
7.3% 9.0% 11.3% 44,298
June
2013
7.5% 9.0% 11.3% 44,444
May
2013
7.5% 9.0% 11.5% 45,439
April
2013
7.5% 9.1% 12.0% 47,363
March
2013
7.5% 9.2% 12.3% 49,017

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.