Department of Numbers

California Job Growth

There were 17,667,200 jobs in California in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 18,544,121 employed persons for the month. California added 6,500 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 20,101 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is California job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 17,667,200 +6,500 +712,600
CPS 18,544,121 -20,101 +755,401

California Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for California as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in California

CES employment peaked in February 2020 for California at 17,691,900. Since then 24,700 jobs have been lost in California according to the employer survey. From a trough of 14,933,000 in April 2020, California has gained 2,734,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in California reached a maximum of 18,744,753 in January 2020. 200,632 jobs have been lost in California since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 15,604,432, California has added 2,939,689 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 17,667,200 6,500 18,544,121 -20,101
August 2022 17,660,700 36,000 18,564,222 -4,266
July 2022 17,624,700 91,400 18,568,488 23,772
June 2022 17,533,300 37,300 18,544,716 75,207
May 2022 17,496,000 40,800 18,469,509 121,316
April 2022 17,455,200 44,600 18,348,193 150,134
March 2022 17,410,600 74,400 18,198,059 141,828
February 2022 17,336,200 135,400 18,056,231 97,130
January 2022 17,200,800 60,300 17,959,101 108,142
December 2021 17,140,500 62,900 17,850,959 -9,322
November 2021 17,077,600 50,400 17,860,281 -531
October 2021 17,027,200 72,600 17,860,812 72,092