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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Job Growth

There were 100,600 jobs in Santa Cruz, California in April 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 128,977 employed persons for the month. Santa Cruz lost 300 jobs in April 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 278 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Santa Cruz job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 100,600 -300 +5,000
CPS 128,977 +278 +6,795

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 peaked in September 2019 at 105,200. Since then 4,600 jobs have been lost in Santa Cruz according to the employer survey. From a trough of 83,000 in April 2020, Santa Cruz has gained 17,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 142,992 for Santa Cruz in February 2001. 14,015 jobs have been lost in Santa Cruz since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 109,491, Santa Cruz has added 19,486 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2022

Santa Cruz, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2022 100,600 -300 128,977 278
March 2022 100,900 800 128,699 659
February 2022 100,100 -100 128,040 626
January 2022 100,200 0 127,414 746
December 2021 100,200 600 126,668 -110
November 2021 99,600 300 126,778 98
October 2021 99,300 -100 126,680 757
September 2021 99,400 100 125,923 1,021
August 2021 99,300 1,000 124,902 1,019
July 2021 98,300 2,500 123,883 843
June 2021 95,800 -700 123,040 531
May 2021 96,500 900 122,509 327