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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2019 to 8.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.9 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in November 2010 at 15.8% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.6% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
California 4.1% -0.1 0.0
Bakersfield 8.0% 0.0 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Bakersfield, California, National

Bakersfield, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Bakersfield, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Bakersfield peaked in November 2010 at 59,025. There are now 27,679 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 29,654 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,692. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 31,346 +237 +190

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.1%
July
2019
3.7% 4.1% 8.0% 31,346
June
2019
3.7% 4.2% 8.0% 31,109
May
2019
3.6% 4.2% 8.0% 31,187
April
2019
3.6% 4.3% 8.0% 31,393
March
2019
3.8% 4.3% 7.9% 31,107
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 7.8% 30,379
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 7.7% 29,975
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 7.6% 29,698
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 7.6% 29,654
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 7.6% 29,728

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.