Manufacturing Employment Trends

California Metro Areas

August 2020 Update


California’s manufacturing sector continued to recover in July adding a further 8,700 jobs on top of the 30,100 manufacturing jobs gained in June.

Using Localintel’s free and publicly accessible Industry Job Tracker, this report provides 7 observations highlighting changes in manufacturing employment levels for the state’s metro areas.  At the time of writing, the Tracker draws on the data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as released on August 21, 2020.

Observation 1

These 5 Californian metro areas recorded the steepest increase in manufacturing jobs last month (measured by percentage change in manufacturing jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
Santa Rosa6.4%1,500

Observation 2

These 5 Californian metro areas experienced the largest gains in manufacturing jobs in July 2020 (measured by the change in the number of manufacturing jobs from June 2020):

Namechange in jobs% increase
Santa Rosa1,5006.4%
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara1,3000.8%

Observation 3

Only 2 Californian metro areas recorded manufacturing job losses in July 2020 (measured by percentage change in jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
San Luis Obispo-Paso   Robles-Arroyo Grande-4.7%-300

Observation 4

The state's 5 largest manufacturing cities added a combined total of 3,500 manufacturing jobs last month led by Los Angeles and San Jose metro areas.

Nametotal jobschange in jobs
Los Angeles-Long   Beach-Glendale315,500800
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara166,1001,300
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine143,000600
San Diego-Carlsbad108,700500
Riverside-San   Bernardino-Ontario91,600300

Observation 5

The 5 Californian metro areas with the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs (measured by location quotient) added a combined total of 3,100 manufacturing jobs in July.

NameLQchange in jobs
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara1.81,300
Santa Rosa1.51,500

Observation 6

In July 2020, there were 100,600 fewer manufacturing jobs in Californian metros than in July 2019.

Observation 7

Here’s how California’s recovery compares with the country’s other leading manufacturing states (measured by percentage change in manufacturing jobs from June 2020):

Name% increase change in jobs
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Localintel’s interactive Industry Job Tracker can be accessed at We created the Tracker to help economic developers and policy makers keep an eye on employment change in the nation’s metropolitan areas. The online tool draws on the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and is updated monthly by Localintel.

Data source

Localintel’s Industry Job Tracker presents data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics survey (establishment survey). The establishment survey provides information on employment, hours, and earnings of employees on nonfarm payrolls. BLS collects this data each month from a sample of over 390,000 establishments employing over 47 million nonfarm wage and salary workers, full or part time, who receive pay during the payroll period which includes the 12th of the month. According to the BLS, statistics based on the establishment survey are subject to both sampling and non-sampling error. BLS analyses are generally conducted at the 90-percent level of confidence. The BLS does not seasonally adjust the industry specific employment data for metro areas. Localintel updates the Industry Job Tracker each month with the latest BLS establishment survey data for metro areas. The Tracker identifies the period to which the data applies and when the last update occurred. More information about the Current Employment Statistics program can be found at Definitions for Metropolitan Areas and how the BLS measures geographic areas can be accessed at   

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