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

There were 105,600 jobs in San Luis Obispo, California in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 123,909 employed persons for the month. San Luis Obispo lost 400 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 499 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare San Luis Obispo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 105,600 -400 -14,500
CPS 123,909 -499 -13,893

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 15,300 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 7,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 137,872 for San Luis Obispo in December 2019. 13,963 jobs have been lost in San Luis Obispo since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 113,507, San Luis Obispo has added 10,402 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

San Luis Obispo, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 105,600 -400 123,909 -499
January 2021 106,000 -600 124,408 -420
December 2020 106,600 -800 124,828 -64
November 2020 107,400 -100 124,892 -281
October 2020 107,500 -600 125,173 4,784
September 2020 108,100 700 120,389 -23
August 2020 107,400 1,400 120,412 125
July 2020 106,000 3,000 120,287 2,941
June 2020 103,000 4,600 117,346 3,839
May 2020 98,400 400 113,507 -269
April 2020 98,000 -21,700 113,776 -21,654
March 2020 119,700 -400 135,430 -2,372