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Bakersfield, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Bakersfield rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2018 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 7.9% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Bakersfield unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
California 4.2% 0.0 -0.7
Bakersfield 8.0% +0.1 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2018 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 peaked in November 2010 at 59,223. There are now 28,649 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 30,229 in April 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 345. Bakersfield employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Bakersfield, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Bakersfield 30,574 +345 -5,574

Number of Unemployed Persons

Bakersfield, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployment Rate
Bakersfield
Unemployed
June
2018
4.0%
May
2018
3.8% 4.2% 8.0% 30,574
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
November
2017
4.1% 4.5% 8.4% 32,323
October
2017
4.1% 4.5% 8.6% 33,082
September
2017
4.2% 4.5% 8.8% 34,012
August
2017
4.4% 4.6% 9.1% 34,850
July
2017
4.3% 4.7% 9.2% 35,314

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.