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Modesto, California Job Growth

There were 172,800 jobs in Modesto, California in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 223,044 employed persons for the month. Modesto added 1,000 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 453 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Modesto job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 172,800 +1,000 -10,900
CPS 223,044 -453 -7,750

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

Modesto, California Employment Changes

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

CES employment for Modesto peaked in February 2020 at 183,700. Since then 10,900 jobs have been lost in Modesto according to the employer survey. From a trough of 161,400 in April 2020, Modesto has gained 11,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 231,605 for Modesto in December 2019. 8,561 jobs have been lost in Modesto since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 193,725, Modesto has added 29,319 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Modesto, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 172,800 1,000 223,044 -453
January 2021 171,800 -1,400 223,497 7,647
December 2020 173,200 400 215,850 -67
November 2020 172,800 100 215,917 394
October 2020 172,700 1,200 215,523 11,930
September 2020 171,500 900 203,593 1,373
August 2020 170,600 1,300 202,220 1,805
July 2020 169,300 600 200,415 989
June 2020 168,700 6,500 199,426 5,701
May 2020 162,200 800 193,725 -90
April 2020 161,400 -21,700 193,815 -33,198
March 2020 183,100 -600 227,013 -3,781