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San Diego-Carlsbad, California Job Growth

There were 1,392,600 jobs in San Diego, California in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,431,312 employed persons for the month. San Diego added 28,000 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 5 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare San Diego job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,392,600 +28,000 -130,200
CPS 1,431,312 -5 -114,982

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

San Diego, California Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for San Diego 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 San Diego, California

CES employment for San Diego peaked in February 2020 at 1,522,800. Since then 130,200 jobs have been lost in San Diego according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,268,600 in April 2020, San Diego has gained 124,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,550,426 for San Diego in December 2019. 119,114 jobs have been lost in San Diego since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 1,321,155, San Diego has added 110,157 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

San Diego, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 1,392,600 28,000 1,431,312 -5
January 2021 1,364,600 -13,900 1,431,317 -34,931
December 2020 1,378,500 -500 1,466,248 52
November 2020 1,379,000 6,100 1,466,196 -13,720
October 2020 1,372,900 3,400 1,479,916 72,565
September 2020 1,369,500 18,400 1,407,351 1,871
August 2020 1,351,100 10,800 1,405,480 31,804
July 2020 1,340,300 6,300 1,373,676 890
June 2020 1,334,000 56,100 1,372,786 51,631
May 2020 1,277,900 9,300 1,321,155 -1,298
April 2020 1,268,600 -236,100 1,322,453 -188,603
March 2020 1,504,700 -18,100 1,511,056 -35,238