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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 2,894,700 jobs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,943,030 employed persons for the month. Philadelphia added 500 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 6,728 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Philadelphia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,894,700 +500 +44,300
CPS 2,943,030 -6,728 +8,826

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

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

CES employment for Philadelphia in December 2016 is at a new high of 2,894,700.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,966,153 for Philadelphia in June 2016. 23,123 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 2,894,700 500 2,943,030 -6,728
November 2016 2,894,200 6,500 2,949,758 -247
October 2016 2,887,700 1,600 2,950,005 -9,609
September 2016 2,886,100 2,700 2,959,614 756
August 2016 2,883,400 800 2,958,858 -3,615
July 2016 2,882,600 2,800 2,962,473 -3,680
June 2016 2,879,800 5,000 2,966,153 3,924
May 2016 2,874,800 -3,700 2,962,229 6,427
April 2016 2,878,500 3,300 2,955,802 -10,311
March 2016 2,875,200 14,700 2,966,113 4,849
February 2016 2,860,500 6,000 2,961,264 14,363
January 2016 2,854,500 4,100 2,946,901 12,697