Department of Numbers

California Job Growth

There were 16,835,100 jobs in California in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 17,719,434 employed persons for the month. California added 45,700 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 79,904 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is California job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 16,835,100 +45,700 +821,800
CPS 17,719,434 +79,904 +735,531

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 825,800 jobs have been lost in California according to the employer survey. From a trough of 14,946,100 in April 2020, California has gained 1,889,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in California reached a maximum of 18,629,682 in December 2019. 910,248 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 2,190,115 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 16,835,100 45,700 17,719,434 79,904
October 2021 16,789,400 111,600 17,639,530 33,083
September 2021 16,677,800 55,300 17,606,447 55,127
August 2021 16,622,500 94,700 17,551,320 57,694
July 2021 16,527,800 113,200 17,493,626 56,059
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