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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 8.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.8 percentage points higher than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Bakersfield peaked in October 2010 at 15.8% and is now 7.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.5% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.1
Bakersfield 8.0% +0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 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 November 2010 at 59,223. There are now 27,662 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 29,077 in December 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,484. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 31,561 +894 -153

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 4.3%
February
2019
3.8% 4.2% 8.0% 31,561
January
2019
4.0% 4.2% 7.8% 30,667
December
2018
3.9% 4.1% 7.5% 29,077
November
2018
3.7% 4.1% 7.5% 29,109
October
2018
3.8% 4.1% 7.8% 30,004
September
2018
3.7% 4.1% 7.9% 30,321
August
2018
3.8% 4.1% 8.1% 30,699
July
2018
3.9% 4.1% 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% 4.3% 7.9% 30,229

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.