California Monthly Employment Statistics

  • 18,583,341 employed workers
  • 803,757 unemployed workers
  • 4.1% unemployment rate

Workforce Data

The total employment for California is 17,488,600, which is 19,600 greater than last month, an increase of 0.11%. The total employment a year ago was 17,176,800, which is 311,800 lower than today. Employment has increased by 1.82% in the last year. Last months' total employment data was updated but changed less than 0.05%, a fairly insignificant amount. Last months total employment was revised to 17,469 from 17,469.

The Trade, Transport and Utilities sectors are the leading employers in California. There are 3,059,100 employees in the sector. Last month the sector had 3,054,900 employees last month, an increase of 4,200 (0.14%). Last year the sector had 3,054,600 employees last year, an increase of 4,500 (0.15%).

The chart below illustrates the total monthly employment:


In the month of July, 2019 the average hours worked was 39.7, this was a decrease from last month, which averaged 40.4 hours. This represents a change of 1.7%. Average hourly wages for the month were $24.45 per hour, which translates to $970.67 per week. Hourly wages increased over the last month from $24.10 per hour an increase of 1.5%. Weekly wages decreased over the last month from $973.64 per week a decrease of 0.3%.

A year ago, the average hours worked was 41.7 hourse per week, which is a decrease of 4.8%. Hourly wages have increased over the last year from $23.23 per hour, an increase of 5.3%. Weekly wages have increased over the last year from $968.69 per week, an increase of 0.2%.

The chart below illustrates the average monthly wages:

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate decreased in July, 2019 from 4.2% to this months' 4.1%. A year ago the unemployment rate was 4.1%, 0.0% lower today. The total workforce in July, 2019 was 19,387,098, which is 0.2% lower than last months 19,422,150 and is -0.2% higher than last years 19,386,418. The total number of unemployed in California is 803,757 as compared to the revised figure from last month of 814,255 and 802,494 unemployed a year ago.

The chart below illustrates the change in the unemployment rate over the last year in California:

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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.