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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 2,909,800 jobs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in March 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,959,806 employed persons for the month. Philadelphia lost 1,700 jobs in March 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 5,785 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Philadelphia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,909,800 -1,700 +57,000
CPS 2,959,806 +5,785 +30,831

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 peaked in February 2017 at 2,911,500. Since then 1,700 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in March 2017 for Philadelphia is at a new high of 2,959,806.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through March 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
March 2017 2,909,800 -1,700 2,959,806 5,785
February 2017 2,911,500 4,900 2,954,021 4,202
January 2017 2,906,600 -2,000 2,949,819 2,570
December 2016 2,908,600 4,400 2,947,249 1,288
November 2016 2,904,200 5,600 2,945,961 4,040
October 2016 2,898,600 10,900 2,941,921 1,060
September 2016 2,887,700 5,200 2,940,861 3,169
August 2016 2,882,500 2,100 2,937,692 1,946
July 2016 2,880,400 18,000 2,935,746 7,327
June 2016 2,862,400 6,900 2,928,419 2,115
May 2016 2,855,500 -3,100 2,926,304 608
April 2016 2,858,600 5,800 2,925,696 -3,279