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Merced, California Job Growth

There were 66,800 jobs in Merced, California in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 103,858 employed persons for the month. Merced lost 100 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 172 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Merced job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 66,800 -100 -4,100
CPS 103,858 +172 -3,355

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 4,400 jobs have been lost in Merced according to the employer survey. From a trough of 63,900 in May 2020, Merced has gained 2,900 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 107,677 for Merced in December 2019. 3,819 jobs have been lost in Merced since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 94,838, Merced has added 9,020 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Merced, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 66,800 -100 103,858 172
January 2021 66,900 300 103,686 1,863
December 2020 66,600 100 101,823 43
November 2020 66,500 400 101,780 -17
October 2020 66,100 -200 101,797 3,933
September 2020 66,300 600 97,864 131
August 2020 65,700 200 97,733 414
July 2020 65,500 599 97,319 2,412
June 2020 64,900 1,000 94,907 69
May 2020 63,900 -400 94,838 -376
April 2020 64,300 -6,700 95,214 -8,752
March 2020 71,000 100 103,966 -3,247