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Harrisburg-Carlisle, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 338,200 jobs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 282,144 employed persons for the month. Harrisburg added 1,000 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 730 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Harrisburg job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 338,200 +1,000 +1,600
CPS 282,144 -730 -2,271

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Harrisburg as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

CES employment for Harrisburg peaked in August 2016 at 340,100. Since then 1,900 jobs have been lost in Harrisburg according to the employer survey. From a trough of 337,000 in September 2016, Harrisburg has gained 1,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 287,257 for Harrisburg in February 2016. 5,113 jobs have been lost in Harrisburg since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 338,200 1,000 282,144 -730
November 2016 337,200 -200 282,874 -598
October 2016 337,400 400 283,472 -881
September 2016 337,000 -3,100 284,353 -512
August 2016 340,100 1,600 284,865 90
July 2016 338,500 -900 284,775 -788
June 2016 339,400 1,000 285,563 518
May 2016 338,400 100 285,045 -360
April 2016 338,300 1,000 285,405 -1,134
March 2016 337,300 500 286,539 -718
February 2016 336,800 400 287,257 1,124
January 2016 336,400 -200 286,133 1,718