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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Job Growth

There were 104,800 jobs in Santa Cruz, California in August 2019 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 135,496 employed persons for the month. Santa Cruz added 100 jobs in August 2019 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 112 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Santa Cruz job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 104,800 +100 +2,400
CPS 135,496 -112 +66

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 June 2019 at 104,900. Since then 100 jobs have been lost in Santa Cruz according to the employer survey. From a trough of 104,700 in July 2019, Santa Cruz has gained 100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 143,385 for Santa Cruz in February 2001. 7,889 jobs have been lost in Santa Cruz since then according to the household survey. From a January 2010 low of 120,207, Santa Cruz has added 15,289 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2019

Santa Cruz, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2019 104,800 100 135,496 -112
July 2019 104,700 -200 135,608 -293
June 2019 104,900 300 135,901 -582
May 2019 104,600 400 136,483 -459
April 2019 104,200 200 136,942 -432
March 2019 104,000 0 137,374 -66
February 2019 104,000 400 137,440 328
January 2019 103,600 300 137,112 482
December 2018 103,300 -300 136,630 -54
November 2018 103,600 -400 136,684 98
October 2018 104,000 800 136,586 513
September 2018 103,200 800 136,073 643