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Merced, California Job Growth

There were 68,600 jobs in Merced, California in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 103,446 employed persons for the month. Merced added 100 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 295 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Merced job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 68,600 +100 +4,700
CPS 103,446 +295 +6,926

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Merced, California Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Merced 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 Merced, California

CES employment for Merced peaked in January 2020 at 71,200. Since then 2,600 jobs have been lost in Merced according to the employer survey. From a trough of 63,900 in May 2020, Merced has gained 4,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 106,920 for Merced in February 2019. 3,474 jobs have been lost in Merced since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 96,313, Merced has added 7,133 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Merced, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 68,600 100 103,446 295
April 2021 68,500 500 103,151 97
March 2021 68,000 900 103,054 353
February 2021 67,100 200 102,701 518
January 2021 66,900 300 102,183 447
December 2020 66,600 100 101,736 -36
November 2020 66,500 400 101,772 60
October 2020 66,100 -200 101,712 3,749
September 2020 66,300 600 97,963 390
August 2020 65,700 200 97,573 422
July 2020 65,500 599 97,151 371
June 2020 64,900 1,000 96,780 260