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Study: Bakersfield Among Least Vulnerable to Economic Impact of COVID-19

Ag, energy, other essential industries buoy City

Bakersfield may be better positioned to weather the COVID-19 pandemic economically thanks to the industries our City and Kern County are home to.

A recent study from Chmura, a data analysis company, ranked the Bakersfield metropolitan statistical area (MSA) as the United States' 13th-least vulnerable area to economic impact due to COVID-19.

Bakersfield scored an 84.5 in Chmura's Vulnerability Index, tied with Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY, and right behind Durham-Chapel Hill, NC. Trenton-Princeton, NJ is the least vulnerable city according to the index, scoring a 70.1.

"Metro areas with less exposure have a mix of employers expected to sustain fewer job losses due to the coronavirus," Chmura reported. "Some have more government jobs (such as Trenton, NJ and Jefferson City, MO) while others have heavier-than-average employment concentrations in industries such as information technology, education, healthcare, utilities, and food production.

Agriculture, food production and energy production are some of the largest industries in the Bakersfield MSA and are considered essential by the state of California.

The most vulnerable three areas in the U.S. are Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI (194.9), Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ (193.4) and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV (178.9) according to Chmura.