Kern County, California

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This page contains current and historical labor market information for Kern County, California, which is also known as the Bakersfield Metropolitan Statistical Area. Some data are available only at the Metropolitan Area level. Questions about these data and the local area economy should be directed to the Local Labor Market Consultant assigned to this area.

Kern County Profile

Kern County has sometimes been referred to as “The Golden Empire,” because of its rich history of gold, oil, and agricultural production. Located at the southern end of California’s Central Valley, Kern County consistently ranks among the top five most-productive agricultural counties in the United States and is one of the nation’s leading petroleum-producing counties. Because of its unique geographical positioning, Kern has also become the distribution center for some of the world’s largest companies. The county is host to a major freeway system, providing access to California’s central coast, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.  Visit the Kern County Local Area Profile for more information.

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  • Unemployment Rates and Labor Force

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The EDD provides an overview of the Industry Employment Data in Kern County. Use the Industry Employment - Official Monthly Estimates  tool to search for data by industry or geographic area.

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Projections of Employment estimate the changes in industry and occupational employment over time resulting from industry growth, technological change, and other factors. California produces long-term (10 year) projections of employment every 2 years for the State and local areas. Statewide short-term (2 year) projections are revised annually.

Long-Term Occupational Projections

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The Occupational Employment Statistics and Wages (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. These are estimates of the number of people employed in certain occupations and the wages paid to them. The wage data has not been validated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and are not official BLS data series; however, EDD Labor Market Information Division feels that the additional information is useful to users of our wage data.

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The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by California Unemployment Insurance laws. The QCEW program serves as a near census of monthly employment and quarterly wage information at the state and county levels and provides the most detailed industry data available. The QCEW data is usually published six months after the end of the quarter.

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For additional information, visit the LMI by Subject webpage.