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Bakersfield-Delano, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2015 to 9.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.1 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in October 2010 at 15.7% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.6% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
California 5.8% +0.1 -1.3
Bakersfield 9.9% +0.2 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 58,959. There are now 19,558 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 37,751 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,650. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 39,401 +750 +436

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 5.8% 9.9% 39,401
November
2015
5.0% 5.7% 9.7% 38,651
October
2015
5.0% 5.8% 9.8% 38,634
September
2015
5.1% 5.9% 9.7% 38,199
August
2015
5.1% 6.1% 10.0% 39,359
July
2015
5.3% 6.2% 10.1% 39,551
June
2015
5.3% 6.3% 10.1% 39,784
May
2015
5.5% 6.4% 10.2% 40,330
April
2015
5.4% 6.3% 9.8% 38,447
March
2015
5.5% 6.5% 9.6% 37,751
February
2015
5.5% 6.7% 9.8% 38,764

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.