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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 9.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in May 2020 at 18.5% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 9.7% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
California 8.5% -0.5 +4.2
Bakersfield 9.7% 0.0 +2.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 31,177 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 36,648 -11 +7,087

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 9.7% 36,648
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 9.7% 36,659
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 11.2% 42,291
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 10.0% 37,317
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 11.2% 42,154
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 13.1% 47,833
August
2020
8.4% 12.3% 13.0% 47,474
July
2020
10.2% 13.2% 16.3% 59,973
June
2020
11.1% 14.1% 17.4% 64,496
May
2020
13.3% 15.6% 18.5% 67,825
April
2020
14.8% 16.0% 18.2% 67,568

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.