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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield fell 1.1 percentage points in November 2020 to 10.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in May 2020 at 18.5% and is now 8.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
California 8.2% -0.8 +4.3
Bakersfield 10.1% -1.1 +2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 May 2020 at 67,825. There are now 30,186 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 37,639 -4,515 +8,706

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 8.2% 10.1% 37,639
October
2020
6.9% 9.0% 11.2% 42,154
September
2020
7.8% 11.1% 13.1% 47,833
August
2020
8.4% 11.2% 13.0% 47,474
July
2020
10.2% 13.5% 16.3% 59,973
June
2020
11.1% 14.9% 17.4% 64,496
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 18.5% 67,825
April
2020
14.8% 16.4% 18.2% 67,568
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 10.3% 40,830
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 7.5% 29,561
January
2020
3.5% 3.9% 7.4% 29,267

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.