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San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Job Growth

There were 2,233,200 jobs in San Francisco, California in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,298,300 employed persons for the month. San Francisco added 8,200 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 4,513 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare San Francisco job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,233,200 +8,200 -281,200
CPS 2,298,300 -4,513 -238,131

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 2,514,400. Since then 281,200 jobs have been lost in San Francisco according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,105,200 in April 2020, San Francisco has gained 128,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,541,431 for San Francisco in December 2019. 243,131 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 150,577 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

San Francisco, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 2,233,200 8,200 2,298,300 -4,513
January 2021 2,225,000 -1,000 2,302,813 -38,943
December 2020 2,226,000 -2,600 2,341,756 -4,966
November 2020 2,228,600 5,800 2,346,722 -21,580
October 2020 2,222,800 11,100 2,368,302 115,850
September 2020 2,211,700 8,000 2,252,452 1,546
August 2020 2,203,700 16,200 2,250,906 35,730
July 2020 2,187,500 -300 2,215,176 -2,516
June 2020 2,187,800 43,200 2,217,692 69,969
May 2020 2,144,600 39,400 2,147,723 -4,488
April 2020 2,105,200 -380,700 2,152,211 -334,325
March 2020 2,485,900 -28,500 2,486,536 -49,895