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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 7.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.7 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in October 2010 at 15.8% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
California 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Bakersfield 7.8% -0.1 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 59,223. There are now 29,146 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 30,077 -244 -3,005

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.1% 7.8% 30,077
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 7.9% 30,321
August
2018
3.9% 4.2% 8.1% 30,699
July
2018
3.9% 4.2% 8.3% 31,646
June
2018
4.0% 4.2% 8.4% 32,189
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 8.0% 30,561
April
2018
3.9% 4.2% 7.9% 30,229
March
2018
4.1% 4.3% 8.0% 30,841
February
2018
4.1% 4.3% 8.2% 31,714
January
2018
4.1% 4.4% 8.1% 31,157
December
2017
4.1% 4.5% 8.3% 31,655

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.