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San Diego-Carlsbad, California Job Growth

There were 1,298,500 jobs in San Diego, California in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,322,147 employed persons for the month. San Diego added 6,200 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 306 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare San Diego job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,298,500 +6,200 -204,300
CPS 1,322,147 -306 -212,667

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 1,522,900. Since then 224,400 jobs have been lost in San Diego according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,292,300 in April 2020, San Diego has gained 6,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,550,426 for San Diego in December 2019. 228,279 jobs have been lost in San Diego since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

San Diego, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 1,298,500 6,200 1,322,147 -306
April 2020 1,292,300 -205,700 1,322,453 -188,603
March 2020 1,498,000 -24,900 1,511,056 -35,238
February 2020 1,522,900 4,800 1,546,294 -604
January 2020 1,518,100 4,400 1,546,898 -3,528
December 2019 1,513,700 3,500 1,550,426 1,682
November 2019 1,510,200 2,100 1,548,744 2,111
October 2019 1,508,100 -1,300 1,546,633 2,483
September 2019 1,509,400 -1,000 1,544,150 2,800
August 2019 1,510,400 4,200 1,541,350 2,865
July 2019 1,506,200 3,000 1,538,485 2,272
June 2019 1,503,200 400 1,536,213 1,399