New job numbers are out and it's good news for Kern County and California. The county unemployment rate in September fell to 12 percent, the lowest level in four years.
That number is down from 13.5 percent in September 2011 and 12.7 percent in August of this year. The rate hasn't been this low since December 2008, when 11.5 percent of Kern County residents were out of work.
Local economists say it's a sign our economy is starting to pick up.
Bill Stevenson from Employers Training Resource says business owners will be more confident to hire new employees this holiday season, and people are looking to spend a little more money.
New numbers show over the last year in Kern County, the education and health fields added 1,000 new jobs, and the leisure and hospitality fields added another 1,400 jobs.
"People are traveling a little bit more. A hotel is getting a higher level of occupancy. They need the support staff to support those guests. You see an increase all through the business," said Stevenson.
"Growth has been across the board, not in one specific area. Oil is always strong for us. We've seen a lot of retail pick up. It's the variety of jobs that we see. Our eggs aren't all in one basket," he continued.
Over the last year, construction in Kern County also saw an increase of 900 jobs.
It's not just Bakersfield seeing lower unemployment numbers. Stevenson said outlying areas of Kern County are also seeing growth.