Department of Numbers

California Job Growth

There were 16,529,000 jobs in California in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 17,493,636 employed persons for the month. California added 114,400 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 56,069 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is California job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 16,529,000 +114,400 +864,400
CPS 17,493,636 +56,069 +1,225,591

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 17,660,900. Since then 1,131,900 jobs have been lost in California according to the employer survey. From a trough of 14,946,100 in April 2020, California has gained 1,582,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in California reached a maximum of 18,629,682 in December 2019. 1,136,046 jobs have been lost in California since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 15,529,319, California has added 1,964,317 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 16,529,000 114,400 17,493,636 56,069
June 2021 16,414,599 71,499 17,437,567 20,242
May 2021 16,343,100 94,700 17,417,325 38,839
April 2021 16,248,400 102,000 17,378,486 37,163
March 2021 16,146,400 132,400 17,341,323 8,641
February 2021 16,014,000 156,100 17,332,682 343,999
January 2021 15,857,900 -80,000 16,988,683 31,664
December 2020 15,937,900 -75,400 16,957,019 -26,884
November 2020 16,013,300 49,900 16,983,903 -66,357
October 2020 15,963,400 89,300 17,050,260 614,757
September 2020 15,874,100 116,300 16,435,503 70,160
August 2020 15,757,800 93,200 16,365,343 97,298