Department of Numbers

California Job Growth

There were 16,191,400 jobs in California in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 17,346,953 employed persons for the month. California added 57,100 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure fell by 141,569 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is California job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 16,191,400 +57,100 -1,336,700
CPS 17,346,953 -141,569 -1,386,940

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 17,604,500. Since then 1,413,100 jobs have been lost in California according to the employer survey. From a trough of 14,988,700 in April 2020, California has gained 1,202,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in California reached a maximum of 18,756,714 in February 2020. 1,409,761 jobs have been lost in California since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 15,463,725, California has added 1,883,228 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 16,191,400 57,100 17,346,953 -141,569
October 2020 16,134,300 145,600 17,488,522 885,676
September 2020 15,988,700 102,400 16,602,846 31,996
August 2020 15,886,300 113,800 16,570,850 288,201
July 2020 15,772,500 83,500 16,282,649 142,423
June 2020 15,689,000 551,400 16,140,226 676,501
May 2020 15,137,600 148,900 15,463,725 -75,684
April 2020 14,988,700 -2,405,300 15,539,409 -2,576,395
March 2020 17,394,000 -210,500 18,115,804 -640,910
February 2020 17,604,500 21,000 18,756,714 339
January 2020 17,583,500 29,100 18,756,375 27,301
December 2019 17,554,400 26,300 18,729,074 -4,819