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Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California Job Growth

There were 179,400 jobs in Santa Maria, California in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 200,350 employed persons for the month. Santa Maria added 100 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 681 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Santa Maria job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 179,400 +100 -17,600
CPS 200,350 +681 -10,357

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 197,600. Since then 18,200 jobs have been lost in Santa Maria according to the employer survey. From a trough of 165,000 in April 2020, Santa Maria has gained 14,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 211,337 for Santa Maria in December 2019. 10,987 jobs have been lost in Santa Maria since then according to the household survey. From a May 2020 low of 181,276, Santa Maria has added 19,074 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Santa Maria, California Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 179,400 100 200,350 681
January 2021 179,300 -1,300 199,669 325
December 2020 180,600 -600 199,344 103
November 2020 181,200 -100 199,241 -2,140
October 2020 181,300 -100 201,381 8,595
September 2020 181,400 1,900 192,786 281
August 2020 179,500 1,300 192,505 5,621
July 2020 178,200 6,200 186,884 -159
June 2020 172,000 3,400 187,043 5,767
May 2020 168,600 3,600 181,276 -606
April 2020 165,000 -31,100 181,882 -22,768
March 2020 196,100 -900 204,650 -6,057