Department of Numbers

California Job Growth

There were 17,045,800 jobs in California in March 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 18,552,182 employed persons for the month. California lost 7,200 jobs in March 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 2,383 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is California job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 17,045,800 -7,200 +321,000
CPS 18,552,182 +2,383 +289,998

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 2018 for California at 17,053,000. Since then 7,200 jobs have been lost in California according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in California for March 2018 is at a new high of 18,552,182.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2018

California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2018 17,045,800 -7,200 18,552,182 2,383
February 2018 17,053,000 1,200 18,549,799 13,065
January 2018 17,051,800 48,900 18,536,734 16,641
December 2017 17,002,900 35,000 18,520,093 -5,680
November 2017 16,967,900 40,000 18,525,773 -493
October 2017 16,927,900 64,600 18,526,266 24,946
September 2017 16,863,300 20,300 18,501,320 38,544
August 2017 16,843,000 16,300 18,462,776 42,793
July 2017 16,826,700 3,800 18,419,983 44,414
June 2017 16,822,900 39,400 18,375,569 39,445
May 2017 16,783,500 42,599 18,336,124 38,087
April 2017 16,740,900 16,100 18,298,037 35,853