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Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California Job Growth

There were 197,600 jobs in Santa Maria, California in September 2022 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 216,208 employed persons for the month. Santa Maria added 500 jobs in September 2022 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 668 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Santa Maria job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 197,600 +500 +8,200
CPS 216,208 +668 +7,318

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Santa Maria, California Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Santa Maria 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 Maria, California

CES employment for Santa Maria peaked in December 2019 at 200,000. Since then 2,400 jobs have been lost in Santa Maria according to the employer survey. From a trough of 164,500 in April 2020, Santa Maria has gained 33,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 218,435 for Santa Maria in February 2020. 2,227 jobs have been lost in Santa Maria since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 183,219, Santa Maria has added 32,989 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through September 2022

Santa Maria, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
September 2022 197,600 500 216,208 668
August 2022 197,100 2,400 215,540 762
July 2022 194,700 0 214,778 -193
June 2022 194,700 600 214,971 183
May 2022 194,100 400 214,788 617
April 2022 193,700 100 214,171 872
March 2022 193,600 1,200 213,299 1,105
February 2022 192,400 200 212,194 1,055
January 2022 192,200 600 211,139 1,188
December 2021 191,600 700 209,951 -132
November 2021 190,900 100 210,083 144
October 2021 190,800 1,400 209,939 1,049