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Bakersfield, California Job Growth

There were 259,600 jobs in Bakersfield, California in April 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 350,979 employed persons for the month. Bakersfield lost 199 jobs in April 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 2,231 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bakersfield job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 259,600 -199 +3,100
CPS 350,979 -2,231 +1,173

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 2018 at 261,000. Since then 1,399 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 355,077 for Bakersfield in October 2014. 4,098 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield since then according to the household survey. From a December 2016 low of 345,411, Bakersfield has added 5,568 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2018

Bakersfield, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2018 259,600 -199 350,979 -2,231
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
October 2017 260,399 1,699 351,547 857
September 2017 258,700 800 350,690 1,549
August 2017 257,899 0 349,141 380
July 2017 257,899 99 348,761 -666
June 2017 257,800 800 349,427 -320
May 2017 257,000 500 349,747 -59