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Bakersfield, California Job Growth

There were 264,100 jobs in Bakersfield, California in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 345,187 employed persons for the month. Bakersfield lost 1,100 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 2,772 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bakersfield job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 264,100 -1,100 +8,700
CPS 345,187 +2,772 +4,251

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 February 2020 at 280,000. Since then 15,900 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield according to the employer survey. From a trough of 246,700 in May 2020, Bakersfield has gained 17,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 360,057 for Bakersfield in December 2019. 14,870 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 310,079, Bakersfield has added 35,108 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Bakersfield, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 264,100 -1,100 345,187 2,772
October 2021 265,200 1,100 342,415 1,574
September 2021 264,100 2,100 340,841 460
August 2021 262,000 2,200 340,381 -200
July 2021 259,800 -599 340,581 -329
June 2021 260,399 1,000 340,910 -385
May 2021 259,399 699 341,295 -475
April 2021 258,700 1,000 341,770 -543
March 2021 257,700 800 342,313 -154
February 2021 256,899 2,099 342,467 316
January 2021 254,800 -1,200 342,151 711
December 2020 256,000 600 341,440 504