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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2021 to 10.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in April 2020 at 18.1% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.6% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
California 7.9% -0.1 -7.7
Bakersfield 10.2% +0.2 -7.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June 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 April 2020 at 68,675. There are now 30,085 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 36,171 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,419. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 38,590 +573 -27,883

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 7.9% 10.2% 38,590
April
2021
6.1% 8.0% 10.0% 38,017
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 9.9% 37,767
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 10.0% 37,938
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 9.6% 36,171
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 10.5% 40,268
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 10.0% 37,999
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 11.9% 46,118
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 13.4% 50,776
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 13.9% 52,752
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 14.7% 55,681

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.