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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Job Growth

There were 103,500 jobs in Santa Cruz, California in February 2018 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 137,688 employed persons for the month. Santa Cruz lost 100 jobs in February 2018 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 587 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Santa Cruz job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 103,500 -100 +2,400
CPS 137,688 +587 +2,310

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 January 2018 at 103,600. Since then 100 jobs have been lost in Santa Cruz according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 143,299 for Santa Cruz in January 2001. 5,611 jobs have been lost in Santa Cruz since then according to the household survey. From a January 2010 low of 120,204, Santa Cruz has added 17,484 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2018

Santa Cruz, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2018 103,500 -100 137,688 587
January 2018 103,600 500 137,101 235
December 2017 103,100 -100 136,866 231
November 2017 103,200 -200 136,635 379
October 2017 103,400 1,200 136,256 570
September 2017 102,200 0 135,686 905
August 2017 102,200 0 134,781 131
July 2017 102,200 -300 134,650 96
June 2017 102,500 900 134,554 -77
May 2017 101,600 400 134,631 -344
April 2017 101,200 -200 134,975 -389
March 2017 101,400 300 135,364 -14