Department of Numbers

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Job Growth

There were 104,900 jobs in Santa Cruz, California in May 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 137,233 employed persons for the month. Santa Cruz added 600 jobs in May 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 22 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Santa Cruz job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 104,900 +600 +3,300
CPS 137,233 -22 +2,347

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 May 2018 is at a new high of 104,900.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 143,299 for Santa Cruz in January 2001. 6,066 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 17,068 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2018

Santa Cruz, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2018 104,900 600 137,233 -22
April 2018 104,300 0 137,255 -480
March 2018 104,300 600 137,735 -140
February 2018 103,700 100 137,875 404
January 2018 103,600 500 137,471 -30
December 2017 103,100 -100 137,501 358
November 2017 103,200 -200 137,143 404
October 2017 103,400 1,200 136,739 554
September 2017 102,200 0 136,185 570
August 2017 102,200 0 135,615 294
July 2017 102,200 -300 135,321 232
June 2017 102,500 900 135,089 203