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Bakersfield, California Job Growth

There were 244,900 jobs in Bakersfield, California in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 309,063 employed persons for the month. Bakersfield lost 30,900 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 46,011 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bakersfield job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 244,900 -30,900 -28,100
CPS 309,063 -46,011 -49,367

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Bakersfield, California Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Bakersfield 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 for Bakersfield, California

CES employment for Bakersfield peaked in January 2020 at 278,200. Since then 33,300 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 367,046 for Bakersfield in December 2019. 57,983 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Bakersfield, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 244,900 -30,900 309,063 -46,011
March 2020 275,800 -2,400 355,074 -10,467
February 2020 278,200 0 365,541 389
January 2020 278,200 1,600 365,152 -1,894
December 2019 276,600 -700 367,046 769
November 2019 277,300 200 366,277 1,170
October 2019 277,100 1,800 365,107 1,431
September 2019 275,300 400 363,676 1,686
August 2019 274,900 2,200 361,990 1,726
July 2019 272,700 -800 360,264 1,308
June 2019 273,500 800 358,956 616
May 2019 272,700 -300 358,340 -90