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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield rose 0.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 18.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate for Bakersfield in May 2020 is at a new high. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
California 16.4% 0.0 +12.3
Bakersfield 18.6% +0.4 +10.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 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 in May 2020 is at a new high of 68,023. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 68,023 +455 +37,250

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 14.9%
May
2020
13.3% 16.4% 18.6% 68,023
April
2020
14.7% 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
3.6% 3.9% 7.4% 29,267
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 7.2% 28,420
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 7.3% 28,933
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 7.5% 29,455
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 7.6% 29,972
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 7.7% 30,388
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 7.8% 30,638

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.