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Bakersfield, California Job Growth

There were 278,100 jobs in Bakersfield, California in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 359,190 employed persons for the month. Bakersfield added 1,400 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,695 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bakersfield job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 278,100 +1,400 +11,800
CPS 359,190 +1,695 +17,940

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 280,300. Since then 2,200 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield according to the employer survey. From a trough of 245,200 in May 2020, Bakersfield has gained 32,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 362,384 for Bakersfield in February 2020. 3,194 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 309,807, Bakersfield has added 49,383 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Bakersfield, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 278,100 1,400 359,190 1,695
March 2022 276,700 1,500 357,495 2,433
February 2022 275,200 1,900 355,062 2,493
January 2022 273,300 2,000 352,569 1,871
December 2021 271,300 -700 350,698 -157
November 2021 272,000 -1,100 350,855 370
October 2021 273,100 400 350,485 1,754
September 2021 272,700 100 348,731 2,160
August 2021 272,600 -100 346,571 2,104
July 2021 272,700 2,200 344,467 1,703
June 2021 270,500 1,500 342,764 977
May 2021 269,000 2,700 341,787 537