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San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California Job Growth

There were 108,300 jobs in San Luis Obispo, California in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 122,605 employed persons for the month. San Luis Obispo added 600 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 307 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare San Luis Obispo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 108,300 +600 +900
CPS 122,605 +307 +2,062

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

San Luis Obispo, California Employment Changes

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

CES employment for San Luis Obispo peaked in August 2019 at 120,900. Since then 12,600 jobs have been lost in San Luis Obispo according to the employer survey. From a trough of 98,000 in April 2020, San Luis Obispo has gained 10,300 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 136,259 for San Luis Obispo in December 2018. 13,654 jobs have been lost in San Luis Obispo since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 110,377, San Luis Obispo has added 12,228 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

San Luis Obispo, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 108,300 600 122,605 307
July 2021 107,700 800 122,298 142
June 2021 106,900 600 122,156 -268
May 2021 106,300 700 122,424 -294
April 2021 105,600 100 122,718 -554
March 2021 105,500 400 123,272 -349
February 2021 105,100 -900 123,621 -345
January 2021 106,000 -600 123,966 -34
December 2020 106,600 -800 124,000 621
November 2020 107,400 -100 123,379 720
October 2020 107,500 -600 122,659 808
September 2020 108,100 700 121,851 1,308