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Bakersfield, California Job Growth

There were 262,100 jobs in Bakersfield, California in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 341,093 employed persons for the month. Bakersfield added 1,700 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 183 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bakersfield job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 262,100 +1,700 +7,700
CPS 341,093 +183 +16,845

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 17,899 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield according to the employer survey. From a trough of 246,700 in May 2020, Bakersfield has gained 15,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 360,057 for Bakersfield in December 2019. 18,964 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 310,079, Bakersfield has added 31,014 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Bakersfield, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 262,100 1,700 341,093 183
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
November 2020 255,400 -500 340,936 822
October 2020 255,900 -300 340,114 11,158
September 2020 256,200 300 328,956 1,984
August 2020 255,900 1,500 326,972 2,724