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Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California Job Growth

There were 85,800 jobs in Santa Cruz, California in May 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 109,508 employed persons for the month. Santa Cruz lost 1,200 jobs in May 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 3,678 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Santa Cruz job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 85,800 -1,200 -17,500
CPS 109,508 -3,678 -24,970

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 April 2019 at 107,200. Since then 21,400 jobs have been lost in Santa Cruz according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 143,385 for Santa Cruz in February 2001. 33,877 jobs have been lost in Santa Cruz since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2020

Santa Cruz, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2020 85,800 -1,200 109,508 -3,678
April 2020 87,000 -17,400 113,186 -19,992
March 2020 104,400 -1,200 133,178 -3,012
February 2020 105,600 900 136,190 -97
January 2020 104,700 100 136,287 -544
December 2019 104,600 -700 136,831 222
November 2019 105,300 100 136,609 308
October 2019 105,200 600 136,301 396
September 2019 104,600 100 135,905 470
August 2019 104,500 1,000 135,435 461
July 2019 103,500 0 134,974 339
June 2019 103,500 200 134,635 157