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Bakersfield-Delano, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2014 to 11.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.5 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in February 2010 at 16.1% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 11.0% in December 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
California 7.6% -0.2 -1.4
Bakersfield 11.1% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June 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 April 2010 at 59,728. There are now 16,284 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 43,111 in December 2013, the number of unemployed has now grown by 333. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 43,444 -974 -3,481

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 7.4%
May
2014
6.3% 7.6% 11.1% 43,444
April
2014
6.3% 7.8% 11.3% 44,418
March
2014
6.7% 8.1% 11.2% 44,412
February
2014
6.7% 8.1% 11.0% 43,430
January
2014
6.6% 8.1% 11.0% 43,203
December
2013
6.7% 8.3% 11.0% 43,111
November
2013
7.0% 8.4% 11.2% 43,791
October
2013
7.2% 8.6% 11.3% 44,506
September
2013
7.2% 8.8% 11.5% 45,191
August
2013
7.2% 8.9% 11.6% 45,775
July
2013
7.3% 9.0% 11.7% 46,184
June
2013
7.5% 9.0% 11.8% 46,503

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.