Department of Numbers

California Job Growth

There were 17,452,000 jobs in California in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 18,348,075 employed persons for the month. California added 41,400 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 150,016 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is California job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 17,452,000 +41,400 +925,200
CPS 18,348,075 +150,016 +1,037,447

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 239,900 jobs have been lost in California according to the employer survey. From a trough of 14,933,000 in April 2020, California has gained 2,519,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in California reached a maximum of 18,744,753 in January 2020. 396,678 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 2,743,643 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 17,452,000 41,400 18,348,075 150,016
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
September 2021 16,954,600 -12,900 17,788,720 79,633
August 2021 16,967,500 89,400 17,709,087 99,460
July 2021 16,878,100 212,800 17,609,627 92,269
June 2021 16,665,300 36,500 17,517,358 102,609
May 2021 16,628,800 102,000 17,414,749 104,121