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Bakersfield, California Job Growth

There were 257,500 jobs in Bakersfield, California in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 342,369 employed persons for the month. Bakersfield added 2,700 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 761 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Bakersfield job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 257,500 +2,700 -22,500
CPS 342,369 +761 -23,172

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 22,500 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield according to the employer survey. From a trough of 246,700 in May 2020, Bakersfield has gained 10,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 367,046 for Bakersfield in December 2019. 24,677 jobs have been lost in Bakersfield since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 298,750, Bakersfield has added 43,619 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Bakersfield, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 257,500 2,700 342,369 761
January 2021 254,800 -1,200 341,608 6,980
December 2020 256,000 600 334,628 618
November 2020 255,400 -500 334,010 -900
October 2020 255,900 -300 334,910 18,957
September 2020 256,200 300 315,953 -549
August 2020 255,900 1,500 316,502 9,046
July 2020 254,400 3,600 307,456 859
June 2020 250,800 4,100 306,597 7,847
May 2020 246,700 -400 298,750 -5,930
April 2020 247,100 -31,100 304,680 -50,394
March 2020 278,200 -1,800 355,074 -10,467