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Memphis, Tennessee Job Growth

There were 634,400 jobs in Memphis, Tennessee in April 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 591,496 employed persons for the month. Memphis added 2,300 jobs in April 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 716 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Memphis job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 634,400 +2,300 +11,700
CPS 591,496 +716 +18,123

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 8,800 jobs have been lost in Memphis according to the employer survey. From a trough of 589,900 in September 2010, Memphis has gained 44,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 597,110 for Memphis in December 2006. 5,614 jobs have been lost in Memphis since then according to the household survey. From a December 2009 low of 544,822, Memphis has added 46,674 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2016

Memphis, Tennessee Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2016 634,400 2,300 591,496 716
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
October 2015 628,900 -1,500 574,702 -1,405
September 2015 630,400 600 576,107 -1,110
August 2015 629,800 400 577,217 728
July 2015 629,400 5,500 576,489 1,765
June 2015 623,900 700 574,724 1,139
May 2015 623,200 500 573,585 212