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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania Job Growth

There were 2,926,400 jobs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in November 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,946,590 employed persons for the month. Philadelphia lost 13,200 jobs in November 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 6,986 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Philadelphia job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,926,400 -13,200 +22,200
CPS 2,946,590 -6,986 +629

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 October 2017 at 2,939,600. Since then 13,200 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 2,962,241 for Philadelphia in April 2017. 15,651 jobs have been lost in Philadelphia since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2017 2,926,400 -13,200 2,946,590 -6,986
October 2017 2,939,600 4,500 2,953,576 -4,097
September 2017 2,935,100 3,700 2,957,673 2,611
August 2017 2,931,400 4,500 2,955,062 -6,574
July 2017 2,926,900 20,200 2,961,636 3,132
June 2017 2,906,700 4,200 2,958,504 4,583
May 2017 2,902,500 -3,900 2,953,921 -8,320
April 2017 2,906,400 -1,600 2,962,241 2,981
March 2017 2,908,000 -3,500 2,959,260 5,239
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