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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2017 to 9.8%. 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 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 February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
California 5.0% -0.2 -0.6
Bakersfield 9.8% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 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 59,081. There are now 20,845 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 38,236 -774 -515

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 4.9%
February
2017
4.7% 5.0% 9.8% 38,236
January
2017
4.8% 5.2% 9.9% 39,010
December
2016
4.7% 5.2% 9.8% 38,836
November
2016
4.6% 5.3% 9.9% 39,697
October
2016
4.8% 5.3% 10.3% 41,134
September
2016
4.9% 5.3% 10.5% 41,787
August
2016
4.9% 5.4% 10.5% 41,932
July
2016
4.9% 5.4% 10.6% 42,249
June
2016
4.9% 5.5% 10.6% 41,655
May
2016
4.7% 5.5% 10.1% 39,856
April
2016
5.0% 5.5% 10.1% 40,223

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.