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Memphis, Tennessee Job Growth

There were 641,800 jobs in Memphis, Tennessee in January 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 593,554 employed persons for the month. Memphis lost 2,900 jobs in January 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 782 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Memphis job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 641,800 -2,900 +6,300
CPS 593,554 +782 +8,778

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 November 2016 at 645,000. Since then 3,200 jobs have been lost in Memphis according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 597,110 for Memphis in December 2006. 3,556 jobs have been lost in Memphis since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 544,822, Memphis has added 48,732 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through January 2017

Memphis, Tennessee Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
January 2017 641,800 -2,900 593,554 782
December 2016 644,700 -300 592,772 -3,285
November 2016 645,000 2,300 596,057 -22
October 2016 642,700 1,400 596,079 1,708
September 2016 641,300 2,400 594,371 1,320
August 2016 638,900 0 593,051 2,120
July 2016 638,900 1,700 590,931 30
June 2016 637,200 0 590,901 -986
May 2016 637,200 -700 591,887 583
April 2016 637,900 900 591,304 524
March 2016 637,000 800 590,780 -405
February 2016 636,200 700 591,185 6,409