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San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Job Growth

There were 2,223,900 jobs in San Francisco, California in September 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,252,659 employed persons for the month. San Francisco added 10,600 jobs in September 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,753 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare San Francisco job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,223,900 +10,600 -265,800
CPS 2,252,659 +1,753 -278,527

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

San Francisco, California Employment Changes

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

CES employment for San Francisco peaked in February 2020 at 2,503,200. Since then 279,300 jobs have been lost in San Francisco according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,103,100 in April 2020, San Francisco has gained 120,800 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,541,431 for San Francisco in December 2019. 288,772 jobs have been lost in San Francisco since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 2,147,723, San Francisco has added 104,936 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2020

San Francisco, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2020 2,223,900 10,600 2,252,659 1,753
August 2020 2,213,300 16,800 2,250,906 35,730
July 2020 2,196,500 1,800 2,215,176 -2,516
June 2020 2,194,700 64,200 2,217,692 69,969
May 2020 2,130,500 27,400 2,147,723 -4,488
April 2020 2,103,100 -372,700 2,152,211 -334,325
March 2020 2,475,800 -27,400 2,486,536 -49,895
February 2020 2,503,200 3,800 2,536,431 552
January 2020 2,499,400 6,200 2,535,879 -5,552
December 2019 2,493,200 400 2,541,431 2,556
November 2019 2,492,800 500 2,538,875 3,483
October 2019 2,492,300 2,600 2,535,392 4,206