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Bakersfield, California Job Growth

There were 278,900 jobs in Bakersfield, California in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 360,291 employed persons for the month. Bakersfield added 100 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 192 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bakersfield job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 278,900 +100 +6,200
CPS 360,291 +192 +11,560

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 1,400 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield according to the employer survey. From a trough of 245,200 in May 2020, Bakersfield has gained 33,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 362,384 for Bakersfield in February 2020. 2,093 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 309,807, Bakersfield has added 50,484 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

Bakersfield, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 278,900 100 360,291 192
August 2022 278,800 100 360,099 273
July 2022 278,700 1,200 359,826 -275
June 2022 277,500 300 360,101 6
May 2022 277,200 -1,200 360,095 839
April 2022 278,400 1,700 359,256 1,761
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