Department of Numbers

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Job Growth

There were 105,300 jobs in Santa Cruz, California in October 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 139,319 employed persons for the month. Santa Cruz added 400 jobs in October 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,195 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Santa Cruz job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 105,300 +400 +1,900
CPS 139,319 +1,195 +2,580

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 October 2018 is at a new high of 105,300.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 143,299 for Santa Cruz in January 2001. 3,980 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 19,154 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2018

Santa Cruz, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2018 105,300 400 139,319 1,195
September 2018 104,900 100 138,124 1,169
August 2018 104,800 0 136,955 -286
July 2018 104,800 -200 137,241 305
June 2018 105,000 -100 136,936 -313
May 2018 105,100 800 137,249 -6
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