Department of Numbers

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Job Growth

There were 104,200 jobs in Santa Cruz, California in February 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 138,344 employed persons for the month. Santa Cruz added 600 jobs in February 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 601 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Santa Cruz job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 104,200 +600 +1,500
CPS 138,344 -601 +469

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

Santa Cruz, California Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Santa Cruz 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 Santa Cruz, California

CES employment for Santa Cruz in February 2019 is at a new high of 104,200.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 143,299 for Santa Cruz in January 2001. 4,955 jobs have been lost in Santa Cruz since then according to the household survey. From a January 2010 low of 120,165, Santa Cruz has added 18,179 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2019

Santa Cruz, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2019 104,200 600 138,344 -601
January 2019 103,600 300 138,945 -1,516
December 2018 103,300 -300 140,461 382
November 2018 103,600 -400 140,079 767
October 2018 104,000 800 139,312 1,188
September 2018 103,200 800 138,124 1,169
August 2018 102,400 0 136,955 -286
July 2018 102,400 0 137,241 305
June 2018 102,400 -200 136,936 -313
May 2018 102,600 100 137,249 -6
April 2018 102,500 0 137,255 -480
March 2018 102,500 -200 137,735 -140