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Bakersfield, California Job Growth

There were 264,300 jobs in Bakersfield, California in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 355,958 employed persons for the month. Bakersfield added 600 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,991 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bakersfield job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 264,300 +600 +3,900
CPS 355,958 +1,991 +4,411

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 August 2018 at 264,700. Since then 400 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield according to the employer survey. From a trough of 263,700 in September 2018, Bakersfield has gained 600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in October 2018 for Bakersfield is at a new high of 355,958.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Bakersfield, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 264,300 600 355,958 1,991
September 2018 263,700 -1,000 353,967 3,510
August 2018 264,700 1,700 350,457 233
July 2018 263,000 700 350,224 -170
June 2018 262,300 1,400 350,394 471
May 2018 260,899 699 349,923 -1,280
April 2018 260,200 400 351,203 -2,007
March 2018 259,800 -400 353,210 -748
February 2018 260,200 -800 353,958 1,978
January 2018 261,000 1,700 351,980 519
December 2017 259,300 -700 351,461 -28
November 2017 260,000 -399 351,489 -58