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Memphis, Tennessee Job Growth

There were 637,300 jobs in Memphis, Tennessee in October 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 596,338 employed persons for the month. Memphis added 5,400 jobs in October 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 1,967 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Memphis job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 637,300 +5,400 +8,400
CPS 596,338 +1,967 +21,636

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

Memphis, Tennessee Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Memphis 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 Memphis, Tennessee

CES employment for Memphis peaked in September 2007 at 643,200. Since then 5,900 jobs have been lost in Memphis according to the employer survey. From a trough of 589,900 in September 2010, Memphis has gained 47,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 597,110 for Memphis in December 2006. 772 jobs have been lost in Memphis since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 544,822, Memphis has added 51,516 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through October 2016

Memphis, Tennessee Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
October 2016 637,300 5,400 596,338 1,967
September 2016 631,900 -1,200 594,371 1,320
August 2016 633,100 1,800 593,051 2,120
July 2016 631,300 -2,300 590,931 30
June 2016 633,600 2,100 590,901 -986
May 2016 631,500 -2,700 591,887 583
April 2016 634,200 2,100 591,304 524
March 2016 632,100 -1,600 590,780 -405
February 2016 633,700 100 591,185 6,409
January 2016 633,600 -300 584,776 8,787
December 2015 633,900 3,700 575,989 1,208
November 2015 630,200 1,300 574,781 79