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

There were 106,100 jobs in San Luis Obispo, California in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 122,299 employed persons for the month. San Luis Obispo added 500 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 419 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare San Luis Obispo job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 106,100 +500 +7,700
CPS 122,299 -419 +11,772

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 14,800 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 8,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 136,259 for San Luis Obispo in December 2018. 13,960 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 11,922 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

San Luis Obispo, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 106,100 500 122,299 -419
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
August 2020 107,400 1,400 120,543 2,147
July 2020 106,000 3,000 118,396 3,266
June 2020 103,000 4,600 115,130 4,603