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San Diego-Carlsbad, California Job Growth

There were 1,441,000 jobs in San Diego, California in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,477,118 employed persons for the month. San Diego added 5,200 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 18,226 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare San Diego job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,441,000 +5,200 +62,000
CPS 1,477,118 +18,226 +69,386

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 81,800 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 172,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,529,845 for San Diego in February 2020. 52,727 jobs have been lost in San Diego since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,273,909, San Diego has added 203,209 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

San Diego, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 1,441,000 5,200 1,477,118 18,226
October 2021 1,435,800 14,000 1,458,892 23,139
September 2021 1,421,800 7,400 1,435,753 3,056
August 2021 1,414,400 -4,500 1,432,697 1,657
July 2021 1,418,900 15,200 1,431,040 1,579
June 2021 1,403,700 4,600 1,429,461 -676
May 2021 1,399,100 1,100 1,430,137 -1,488
April 2021 1,398,000 3,400 1,431,625 -3,399
March 2021 1,394,600 3,900 1,435,024 -1,754
February 2021 1,390,700 26,100 1,436,778 28,979
January 2021 1,364,600 -13,900 1,407,799 363
December 2020 1,378,500 -500 1,407,436 -296